Category Archives: Special announcements

A new Permablitz region!

Today we proudly launch the birth of a new region,

Permablitz Central North Island!

The time has come for a new region to be born! There a number of blitz events lining up for the coming season in the Turangi/Taupo area and it looks like further growth there is inevitable.

Our Central North Island permablitzer’s are proud to be living in the land of the Tuwharetoa people and we look forward to growing our proud community in celebration of new beginnings!

He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is people, it is people, it is people

If you are currently following but would also like to recieve blitz announcements and reports, or be involved with permablitz events in the Central North then please log onto and click ‘follow’.

We would warmly welcome anyone keen to come along to the third blitz in our region which is scheduled to run late  August in Turangi. (announcement will be posted soon!).



A call for designers

Do you have a Permaculture Design Certificate?

Do you have an interest in gaining some design experience while collaborating and sharing knowledge with others?

Permablitz BOP is looking for more designers to join our team.  Design teams are guided by a Mentor, and each team has a Head Designer – who is more experienced with Permablitz, and Support Designers who contribute ideas and learn until they are ready to head their own team.

If you are keen to create community through shared experiences, improve the land while providing practical help, and have a PDC, a background in design or a strong interest in becoming a designer, then please let us know.

Plan - Aug 2014
The plan for blitz #16 as well as some of the seedlings that were grown for the food forest!

A Holistic Context for Permablitz BOP

Why do we do Permablitz? What’s it all for?

As discussed at the last Permablitz Designers meeting, it’s time to have a deeper look at Permablitz, so to kick off, Kazel will be facilitating a Holistic Context creating workshop for Permablitz on Sat July 8th.

We are looking for contributions from designers, hosts and blitz participants.

The workshop will be limited to 14 participants.

Please sign-up below to express your interest and recieve further details about the workshop.

We’ve bent the rules….


Usually we say you need to come to three permablitzes before you qualify to host your own, and there are many reasons why we say this. However, sometimes three is a lot. To keep blitzes happening, we are bending the rules a bit.

So until further notice, you can qualify to host your own blitz if you have:

  1. participated in two permablitzes, OR
  2. participated in one permablitz and have volunteered for a day with any two of the following groups (or similar):

– Helped out for a day at your local community garden e.g. The Rock Papamoa Community Gardens, see them on Facebook;
– Attended a community day at any Coast Care Group, through BOP Regional Council;
– Attended community day at any Bay of Plenty Conservation group, such as local wetland or riparian margin restoration e.g. Athenree Saltmarsh Restoration Group, through DOC or – HELP Waihi, Habitat Enhancement and Landcare Partnership (HELP) Waihi
– WWOOFing;
– Voluntary pest control work such as through Forest & Bird e.g. Aongatete Forest restoration Trust, through DOC;
– Attended, volunteered at or run workshops relating to permaculture practices

Basically we want to make sure you’re committed to the cause – creating edible gardens, sharing skills related to permaculture and sustainable living, building community, and having fun – and know what to expect at your own blitz.

So if you are keen to get your place blitzed and think you qualify – then check out this page here and let’s get things underway!


Update from former PermablitzBOP Designer Kat Gawlik

Kat and Seiorse have made it to Fiji!

Kat Gawlik was such a contribution to PermablitzBOP while she was here last year.  We miss her!!  She and her partner Seiorse sailed off on their boat last month and have successfully reached Fiji!  Read the account below.


We motored through the Navula reef passage into Fiji first thing yesterday morning, and took a whole day sailing with light headwinds up to where we are anchored now, at Lautoka Port. Our friends from Tauranga on their boat Pandora are anchored next to us, so we joined them for dinner last night – a real dinner with tropical vegetables all chopped, and a small portion of the 1.2m Mahimahi  that we caught about 2 days out from Fiji. Looking forward to watching the video of catching that again, it was the biggest fish we had ever caught and seeing it madly flapping in the cockpit was intense! We both felt a bit guilty killing it, but soon semi justified it thinking of how many restaurant fish meals we don’t need to order now.

The people here are so friendly and accommodating, all the official checkin formalities were fairly casual, and we are looking forward to having a look in town and going to the market.

Coming through the passage in the distance we could see perfect huge barrelling waves breaking across the reef of the infamous Cloudbreak surf break and a few floating apartments (catamarans) anchored nearby, the stuff of big budget surf movies. Doubt we will hit that up first. The surf spot ‘swimming pool’s’ sounds more like our thing…

The temperature here is perfect. We have all hatches open with lots of fresh air, and it isn’t too hot. Looking forward to our first swim in a nice clean bay somewhere. The chart shows we are anchored next to a sewer outfall and the water isn’t that inviting turquoise colour here. No doubt we will find a place soon.

We are planning on going to the Vuda marina today for Seiorse’s birthday to meet up with our other Tauranga friend on Messalina for some Fiji Bitters and live music. We wanted to put the boat in the marina to give it a good wash and do washing etc but it is full.

Hoping to get sim cards, cruising permit and a supply of fresh market fruits and vegetables on Monday before starting to explore the outer islands.

It’s good to be here after 10 days at sea, feeling blessed to have had no major problems with the boat, or any bad weather to deal with!!

Love Kat and Seiorse

Reminder: PB Community Gathering and change of venue

Hi blitzers,

This is a quick reminder post about our Permablitz BOP Community Gathering this Saturday 20 December, 12:30pm-2:30pm. This is going to be a great gathering over lunch to reflect on the year been and to celebrate together!


The Lazy Tramper
282 Old Kamai Road, RD1, Tauranga 3171.

The owner of the Lazy Tramper wants to turn the lodge into a Permaculture centre with youth retreat and health retreat programmes. He is very happy and keen to host us all and it is a great way for us to connect with him.

Register for all the info through the previous announcement, don’t forget to bring along something to share for lunch, cutlery, plate and a cup and any seeds you may want share.

Hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Permablitz Community Gathering

Permablitz Community Gathering
20 December, 12:30-2:30pm
The Lazy Tramper, 282 Old Kaimai Road

Hi Blitzers!
On 20 December, your Permablitz Design Guild is gathering to talk about the year that’s been and the year that’s coming.  
(Your design guild, by the way, is made up of our local Permaculture Design certificate holders – Trish Waugh, Teresa Partridge, Kat Gawlik, Leo Murray, Catherine Firth, Catherine and Neville Dunton McLeod, and Lia Tuerllings.)  
You are invited to come up to Catherine and Neville’s place: 375 Whakamarama Road at 12:30 to 2:30, so we can all have lunch together, share ‘The Guild’s’ ideas for next year, get your feedback and input.
Given we’re holding this on 20 December, after a year of successful blitzing in the post Hugo and Sue period (PHSP), we think a little celebrating is also in order!  Musical instruments? Costumes?  We’ll leave that part up to you! However if you play the guitar or have a portable piano – Catherine would really love to hear from you!
If you have seeds to share, we’ll have a table set up for exchanges.  Please bring well labelled seeds plus envelopes or other containers to take some home.  A marking pen would be good!
Please bring a plate to share, cutlery, plate and a cup. We have access to a small kitchen with kettle, stove, oven.
Please fill out the form below if you intend on coming so that we can know numbers.
Parking:  It’ll be well marked.  
Carpooling:  We’ll organise it via the Facebook page
If Lost:  Call 027 240 1305
See you there!


We’re famous!


Permablitz BOP made it into NZ Lifestyle block magazine!

Congratulations and thanks to freelance writer  Yvonne Andrew for getting us in there. Thanks to all who contributed on the day at Peter’s Kerepehi blitz and Heather’s Katikati blitz featured in Yvonne’s article way back then!

Finally, many thanks again to Dan & Adam in Melbourne and Kay & Bob at Koanga for their inspiration. You’re all exceptional people!

Send a friend the email link to it folks! (copy & paste the URL) Get them involved! It’s looking like a busy season of blitzes ahead.

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Next Permablitz season coming soon!

Time to sharpen your spade and sort out your surplus seedlings, you can expect an announcement for permablitz#15 to arrive in your inbox very soon!  Thanks to the commitment, drive and enthusiasm of a new generation of permies, Permablitz Bay of Plenty is about to come alive again!

Start spreading the word too….! Tell your friends all about how great the concept is and get them to ‘Join Us’ on the website! And, if you meet a stranger, don’t talk about the weather, explain to them how a permablitz works!

We recognise whats happening to our local climate and are changing our methods
We recognise whats happening to our local climate and are changing our methods