Greenbridge is a small but nimble team of regenerative specialists across the fields of; landscape, architecture, interiors, permaculture, industrial design, horticulture, ecological engineering, and project management.

Greenbridge’s strength, come from our team’s holistic approach, that integrates multiple disciplines with a view to best practice for social and environmental kaitiakitanga (stewardship).  We have purposefully built a team from varied backgrounds, to enable us to think outside the square and address environmental and social problems in creative and unique ways.

OUR TEAM

DANIEL WOOLLEY

Healthy Home Specialist – Director

BD’s (Industrial), Permaculture Cert

Daniel leverages his experience in manufacturing and the building industry to find solutions for clients, which are efficient, beautiful, healthy and affordable. As a lateral thinker, he enjoys pulling together the resources required to achieve a client’s vision. He has the ability to work from the big picture through to detail, and recognises that success is a result of engaging a highly competent team.

“My bigger purpose is to support people back into connection with their communities and surrounding environment in order to heal people and our planet.”

M 021 368 521
E daniel@greenbridge.co.nz

BENA DENTON

Ecological Landscape Designer – Director

B.Des (Int. Arch), Dip Permaculture, Cert Organic Hort

Bena has worked in the fields of interior architecture, lighting design and landscape design before co-founding Greenbridge with business partner and husband Daniel Woolley. Bena specialises in edible, sensory and healing landscapes, that nurture the health and wellbeing of families, schools and communities.

“As an ecological landscape designer, I am passionate about growing nutrient dense food, creating healthy landscapes that support and engage community and are responsive to context”.

M 027 2311 119
E bena@greenbridge.co.nz

KAMA BURWELL

Ecological Landscape Designer & Engineer

B. Engineering (Honours) Natural Resources. Dip Permaculture. Dip Te Ara Reo Maori. Cert Terraquaculture.

Kama draws on her deep knowledge of ecological processes, terraquaculture and permaculture to deliver design solutions that create very productive landscapes while healing them. She also has a keen focus on building community resilience & connection.

“I am passionate about healing watersheds and creating super-productive landscapes.  I love working with our clients to really understand their vision, share my knowledge with them, and help them bring their vision into reality.”

M 022 081 6150
E kama@greenbridge.co.nz

JOSEPH DENTON

Landscaper – Low Carbon Footprint 

B.Des (Vis.Com) BTCIO Hort.& Landscaping LVL4 Advncd.

Joseph has worked in the broader field of landscaping for over 11 years, including ‘Bark’, a prestigious Wellington landscaping company servicing Government house’s award winning gardens.  Joseph worked for leading Wellington landscaping business ‘Allworks’, focusing on construction.

“My interest is in transforming gardens.  I think my design background has sharpened my eye in terms of detail and achieving a quality finish that is beautiful & functional. It’s important to give client’s healthy materials options too.”

M 022 043 3659
E joseph@greenbridge.co.nz

LUKE DE VILLIERS

Architectural Designer – Small Space Specialist

BD’s (Industrial), Visual Arts Cert
Trained in industrial design, Luke has spent the last seven years designing yachts and boats, with this giving him advanced skills in designing compact, beautiful and functional spaces.  Luke’s new role in Greenbridge, is to work alongside Greenbridge director Daniel and utilise his unique experience to help design small footprint, beautiful and healthy homes for our clients.
“I believe that all design can be functional, practical and beautiful with out being wasteful.”

M 027 200 9071
E luke@greenbridge.co.nz

KATE WHITTAKER

Architectural Designer 

LPB in Design, ADNZ Professional Member

Kate has worked in the architectural design industry for over 27 years, with projects in Wellington, Wairarapa, Taranaki and Whanganui Regions. She takes the time to establish what the client requires, and delivers a unique design, based on the client’s aspirations and specific site. She is passionate about her work and is committed to designing beautiful buildings with functional spaces that enhance everyday living.

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M 022 078 9790
E kate@greenbridge.co.nz

OUR STORY

IN THE BEGINNING…

That’s our sweet peas Olive and Toby planting the first tagasasti trees on our land in Omata in 2011.  What troopers – for three days it blew a westerly where we could hardly stand but we were determined to get 600 trees planted the day the land was settled! We lived in a caravan through snow, no hot water and cloth nappies to get our dream of a sustainable property underway. Its been a pretty interesting journey since…

PASTURAL DESERT TO REGENERATIVE OASIS

Greenbridge is the creation of partners Daniel and Bena. Daniel is the collaborator and big picture thinker of the Greenbridge approach and Bena is the driver of direction and detail. Kama soon joined the team and contributes invaluable ecological skills and insight.

Daniel owned and ran a successful design and build business in the Wellington CBD but by 2009 was feeling disillusioned with his work… “I was earning a good income, supporting my wife and our two young children, I had a small and effective team and I was only working around thirty hours a week, mostly of from our home. However I felt like I was spending my time giving rich people, stuff they didn’t need”.

The lease on their Wellington showroom was coming to an end, so they decided to close down the business and move to Bena’s home town of Taranaki, with the hope that this change of location would also provide them with an opportunity to follow a path that was in more alignment with their values.

Bena’s Mother was a chef and grew their organic veg, some for market (Eltham wasn’t sure of what to make of the new Italian vegetable ‘broccoli!’), so food and nutrition featured for Bena from a young age. First memories include eating borage flowers and watching the bees while Mum dug the potatoes. Bena went on to attain a degree in interior architecture which led to an understanding of how the built environment can affect health and wellbeing, an understanding which is utilised in the healing landscapes she designs today.

“Once I became a mother myself, it became even more important to grow food that I knew was non-toxic for my children’s health and so I began the journey of learning about nutrient dense food, organics and permaculture. Today I immensely enjoy empowering others to grow healthy food by designing abundant, beautiful and ecologically strong landscapes”.

Kama grew up in Taranaki, on her family’s dairy farm. As a child she walked the land, playing in the creeks and native bush, and at times wept for the land. She studied Natural Resource Engineering, thinking it would enable her to make a difference to the world, but after working for local government, Kama trained in permaculture design, experimented on 3 acres on a corner of the family farm, and became a sustainability educator.

In 2009 Kama trained with Prof Haikai Tane, and travelled to China to study traditional pacific-asia farming and watershed management systems. It had a profound impact on how she saw the world, landscapes, and water.

Kama has been a practicing ecological landscape designer since 2003.  Her work with Greenbridge brings together ecological engineering and landscape design. It centres around healing landscapes, creating abundance, and connecting people to those landscapes and each other.

GREENBRIDGE IS BORN

Once in Taranaki, Daniel and Bena set about training in sustainable practices in earnest. They enrolled in a permaculture design certificate being taught by well known local permaculturist Kama Burwell and bought a bare 10 acre block of land in Omata and began applying what they had learnt. Kama joked that Bena and Daniel should start a business and that she would come and work for them – which ended up being a bit prophetic!

With experience designing, project managing and learning in ecology, Bena and Daniel thought developing their own property would be easy, however “there was no conclusive place from which to get good information about best sustainably practice, products and services”.  It was through this realisation, that the biggest barrier to themselves and others from choosing sustainable solutions, was simply having somewhere that helped pull it all together, that the inception of Greenbridge was bourn.

CELEBRATING OUR CLIENTS

 

When Greenbridge began in 2011, sustainability was fringe. After all, what is a sustainable consultancy? There was no sustainable business template to follow. The first three years were about figuring this out (with lots of mistakes and some successes) and how Greenbridge might help it’s clients on their journey. “The real hero’s of our story are our clients! Without all the amazing people we have been so blessed to work with, that put their belief in us and dared to dream of a better tomorrow we wouldn’t be able to be doing the work we do”.

Thank you all past and present clients!

AWARD WINNING…

Greenbridge is recognised for its environmental leadership, both for small foot print homes and environmental stewardship.  The Greenbridge team is privileged to work on incredible projects with amazing clients both nationally and in Taranaki. While diverse, all projects undertaken at Greenbridge have regeneration at their heart!

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

At Greenbridge we are big dreamers! Here is our daughter Olive’s vision of Taranaki – cloaked in deep green.

Greenbridge’s vision is to regenerate the health and wellbeing of people, communities and our planet, through design, build and education.  We heal landscapes, build healthy homes and create resilient, connected communities.  We are leaders and change makers!

A strong regional food system is envisaged with diverse land use and regenerative farming.  Maori food culture and systems are revitalised, providing unique, high quality nutrient dense kai to help heal our bodies and land. Taranaki people are eating Taranaki food.

With each little garden, community project, healthy home and diversified farm that is regenerated, we also realise our dream of a hope-filled, ecologically vibrant tomorrow.