"Sustainable communities ...
developing a resilient community
A bit about me – Lyn Pearson
I have been an environmentalist ever since I started participating
in Forest & Bird activities with my Dad, aged 10.
I’m proud to live in Whanganui and very involved in both Sustainable
Whanganui and Castlecliff Coast Care.
I’m keen on my permaculture garden.
I’ve been married to Graham for almost 45 years.
I have concerns about the world my two grandkids, two great-nieces
and one nephew (aged 12 years to 4 months) will grow into.
• Opera School
• Masters Games
• Artists Open Studios
• Vintage Weekend/Caboodle
• Tira Hoe Waka
• River Week
• Permiculture Weekend
• Tangata Tiaki
• River Traders & Farmers Markets (Sat am)
• Summer Programme (walks & talks)
• La Fiesta (coinciding with International Women’s Day)
• Environment Base (WhEB) - info source, hub, office, meeting
room, planning centre
• Re-Use Academy - donations of project and craft materials, etc
stored and given for donation – upcycle for repurposing
• Lending library - gardening, beekeeping, insulation and climate
• Fruit Trees in Schools - in 2014 planted 53 fruiting plants in
11 school/kura/ECC. Pruning and herbal ley. Local support
• Adopt-a-Plot - supported community gardens
• Education on recycling, waste reduction, repurposing, working
towards zero waste & gardening
• Helps people learn bike
• Always looking for donations of
bikes to reassemble and sell to
those who need cheap
• Happy to repair used bikes
• Open to the public each Friday
Green Bikes could
offer some positive
ways to solve
• Charitable Trust – collaboration between WDC and Te Runanga o Tupoho in a
• First waste minimisation project where Iwi actively involved from concept to
implementation and are equal partners with their local council and community.
• Significant milestone for the Whanganui Community; adversaries now in an
• Flagship for future growth of products diverted from landfill.
• 500 vehicles a day on average and handles over 2150 tonnes/annum of product that
would normally go to landfill.
• Includes new waste stream “products” of waste oil, green waste, scrap metal, 2nd
hand goods, e-waste, tyres and batteries.
• Education Room – space available for workshops, meetings and courses. Low rent.
Being upgraded as is possible.
• Visited by schools and other groups to learn about nude lunch boxes, etc.
wanting to grow
the best food for
Melinda & Murray Jones.
Grafting & budding
for fruit trees
Bristol Plants &
Frank & Joy Bristol.
Seed producers, grow
seedlings for market, etc.
Expertise & facilities
(only outside organisation
Distribution of trees, seeds
and plants throughout
community and region
heritagefoodcrops.org.nz | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Christensen - Research Director
To create a similar structure you need
• People – with motivation, passion and trust
• Start by doing and trying. If it doesn’t work think, and try slightly differently
• Hunt for the old varieties of food growing in your district.
Start with second hand goods and gifted seeds
• Develop skills to work with nature
• Listen to older gardeners in your community
• Learn how to save seeds - start your own Seed Savers Group
• Record what you and others do, and how
• Start with what is easiest for you and what you are interested in
• Don’t try F1 hybrids - find heirloom varieties
• Heirlooms will be better for you and more disease resistant too!
• Work towards self sufficiency and food security
• Buy and sell plants, seeds and produce locally: Farmers Markets
Mark’s Heritage Food Crops has been developing for about 19 years.
Now know healthiest apples and tomato varieties
Working with beans, yams, kumera, dark potatoes, carrots and capsicum now
Mark believes GE is as big a problem as climate change and it will destroy some of the most fertile
land on the planet.
Remember supermarkets need to truck in deliveries every three days –
and what happens if they don’t arrive!
is a green co-housing project forming in Whanganui
66 Delhi Ave, Aramoho, Whanganui | delhivillage.org.nz
• Delhi Village - a peaceful 13ha of land on the western side of the
• Started about six years ago and houses now appearing.
• Each family owns 800sqm of land, plus 1/10th of the communal land.
Building sites clustered together.
• Developed community grey-water system and every house to have a
• Rest of the land for orchards, gardens, firewood growing and grazing sheep
and chickens. Steepest land re-clad in native forest.
• A large woolshed is a meeting space and dry storage for materials and
• Water for stock from a bore, also available
for households needing more water than the
rain off their roof.
• Community decisions made by consensus,
usually at the Delhi Village monthly meeting.
Delhi Village people know residents of
Quaker Acres www.quakersettlement.co.nz :
"They have been a big inspiration for us.”
• Regular working bees held.
Riri a Te Hori Wetlands & Maara Kai
• 66 acre Maori freehold land reserve, opposite Marybank, SH 3.
• Rich history and archaeological sites.
• Restored wetland to benefit land, tangata, freshwater conservation and
community. Horizons established fish ladder so tuna can travel from here to
sea and back.
• TPK Maara Kai, re-established as community garden where previously
cultivated by Bailey family for 40 years.
• Re-connecting with whenua. Also learning and confidence-building place.
• Wetlands tucked down below and maara kai
in high wind zone with clay and gravel soil.
Using rainwater only.
• Developing area with tool shed, compost
toilet and kitchen.
• Peaceful place to work and visit, progress
• Kim has been in Whanganui for about 10 years & running GO
Organic for one.
• She enjoys it but still works in a health shop two days a week!
• Likes the people she does business with.
• Feels she is doing something positive and is always learning.
• Because Whanganui’s biggest organic grower retired, now half of
her produce grown outside the area. But lots of small new gardens
• Communication with suppliers and customers by weekly email.
• Fruit and veg are delivered to her on Thursday morning, then
packed and delivered to customers.
• Kim is a trained herbalist.
• Kim also writes a monthly health and wellbeing column for one of
the free local newspapers.
Rachel Rose gives the dirt on how to cope with clay !
• Whanganui’s soil mainly old sand BUT southern side of the Awa is clay,
where Rachel block is !
• She harvests rainwater to reduce stormwater.
• She observed & collected ideas from experts - research.
• Rachel uses 7 methods of compost; hugelkulture, free standing heaps,
worm farm, sheet mulching, special leaf mould heaps (for seed raising mix)
& Bokashi for what won't break down.
• She finds bigger free standing heaps best, soaking dry material in manure
• Comfrey & tansy = activators. Wood ash, Bokashi, leaves & animal
• She turns the heap & its ready in 3-8 months.
• What hasn't worked: no-dig sheet composting & compost heaps in situ.
• She trained with Jodi Roebuck in Taranaki, expert in Grow Biointensive
• Double digging is hard work but worth it.
• She needed to learn WHEN to dig; don't touch if too wet or too dry; & how to
• She’s happy to share her knowledge. Her section now looks fu