How it became for me to be here...
I started out in Permaculture in the UK in 2003, the passion and inspiration I got from doing my PDC really propelled me into a new life of diverse discovery around the world.
I landed in Aotearoa at the end of 2009 and over the following years realised that I wanted to make this place home. I have been involved with the Permaculture in New Zealand organisation and community since 2014 and been sitting on their PiNZ council from 2017. Each year my involvement and dedication gets stronger and the connection with the people deeper and more elaborate. These last few years have brought about a lot of learning, friendships and connections across NZ and a huge ability to be the change that I see is needed for myself and the planet and community I live in.
Locally I have been involved with the Harbour Co-op, Christchurch Food Forest Collective, and the Food Resilience Network, I was a member of the design & consulting team for the Ōtakaro Orchard in the CBD. From my involvement in these 2 projects I gained the understanding that there was a big need for community-based learning opportunities to be able to engage and empower ourself, as a community with the knowledge and skills needed to transform our own lifes that will then radiates out into the community. Each party of the city is in need of its own community food-hub to bring food security by the the hands of the local people and restoring food sovereignty.
My deep interest is in woodland management and the right livelihood that we can have within it.
I am also exploring social permaculture, our philosophy and cultural changes we experience through seasonal living. I am also, slowly! building a tiny house which is a huge learning and act of patience as I struggle to manage my time and priority list. These topics are my focal point of learning and researching to create a broader perspective of how I can alter my relationship and interaction with nature without the degrading or destruction of our environment.
Canterbury Permaculture Institute - 2015
Founding Director, Teacher, Consultant, Designer, Landscape Garden, Website content & management, Marketing, Program Development.
Permaculture in New Zealand - 2017
Newsletter Editor, Website Content & Management, Hui Liaison & Event Organiser, Bioregional Network & Membership, PEG Liaison
Luminate Festival - 2010
Management Team - Site infrastructure, Creative Director & Resource & Team Management
Organiser - National Permaculture Hui 2020 in Whanganui (postponed)
Support Organiser - National Permaculture Hui 2019 in Riverton
Lead Organiser for National Permaculture Hui 2015 in Christchurch
Permaculture Consultant & Designer - Otakaro Orchard 2015 - 2018
Permaculture Consultant - FRN Steering Group 2013- 2018
Shop & Staff Manager - Harbour Co-op, Lyttelton - 2012 - 2018 (Manager from 2014 onwards)
EQC Painting & Decorating 2012
Traveled to different countries interning on permaculture properties from 2004 up to arriving in Chch in 2011
Landscape Designer & Gardener 2001 - 2008 (UK)
Varying Bars, Cafe, Restaurant & Take-away positions around the world 1995 - 2010
Kāwai Raupapa Level 4 Raranga 2021
Community Governance & Leadership workshop 2021
First Aid at Work 2-days refresher course 2021
Kāwai Raupapa Level 3 Raranga 2020
Social Forestry 2018 5-day course (UK)
Woodland Management 5-day course 2018 (UK)
Agroforestry Course 2018 3-day course (UK)
Effective Collaboration 2-day workshop 2018 (UK)
Permaculture Teacher Training 2016
Kāwai Raupapa Level 4 Raranga 2016
Organic Horticulture Level 3 2014 - 2015
Environmental Tourism 2005 (UK below)
Permaculture Design Certificate course 2003
Nursery Propagation Course 2003
First Aid at Work 2-days 2002
Greenwood Furniture Making short course 2001
Environmental Conservation Course 2001- 2002
Landscape Designer & Gardener 2001 - 2008
Diploma in Design 1998 - 2000
GNQ Art & Design - 1997- 1998