Category Archives: Special events

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!


Follow up on previous blitz!


G3 garden group from Mount Maunganui visited the food forest of Christine Paris in Whakmarama.  This was one of our earlier blitzes, designed by Hugo Verhagen.  It is neat to see some photos and a follow up of how the swales are working to feed Christine’s fruit trees and how everything is growing.

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This is a photo of the blitz day,  visit to see G3’s  impressions of this permaculture property when the visited recently.



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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A Tour and a Swap – hanging out with the OOOOBY Group

On Saturday the 13th of July 2013, Permablitz Bay of Plenty were delighted to host the Tauranga OOOOBY Group for a combined event here in Katikati.

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Ooooby, for anyone who doesn’t already know, stands for “Out Of Our Own Back Yards”.    You can find out more about the Tauranga Ooooby Group by visiting the Ooooby website – it’s a good place to visit to make connection with likeminded people, and also to view some fascinating links to interesting resources/info/ideas.  And you might even be inspired to create your own Ooooby page …..

Marie's tour montage

We were fortunate to have good weather on Saturday and we had a large, keen group turn up on Saturday morning.  We had members from both the Permablitz network and the Ooooby Group, all keen to meet and learn more about what each other did and how it worked.

Connection Game

We started the day by sharing some thoughts about permaculture, and then we visited Marie’s beautiful garden.  While we were there we had a lot of fun exploring the idea of connections in permaculture design.

Moving the dome and the chicken queue

The next garden we visited was Hugo and Carolyn’s garden, where the team took advantage of the opportunity to help move the chicken dome into its new position – we also helped the chickens move house!  A great time was had by all!

lunch at Kates

After a break for lunch, Kate told the story of the Katikati Motel garden and how it came about and the by-now-very-sociable group had the opportunity to look around their third garden.

Green Swap

The Green Swap was held at the end of the day, and was introduced by the Tauranga Ooooby Group, who hold Green Swaps on a regular basis.  It was a fun and friendly opportunity to swap any surplus garden produce / pots / plants / fruit / homemade creations…..we all had a wonderful time and went home delighted with our new-found riches!    What a great idea!  Take along what you have too much of, don’t need, can’t use, and go home with lots of goodies straight from your friends’ backyards.  What’s not to like about that?

Permablitz would like to thank the Ooooby folk for making the trip out to Katikati – we hope our members will get the chance to work together again in the future…..