Welcome to Permakai, your friendly permaculture people from Waiuku.

“Live as though you’ll die tomorrow, but farm as though you’ll live forever.” ― John Marsden

Next chapter

The time has come for us to commence a new chapter in our lives and take our Permaculture knowledge and message elsewhere. We have decided to downsize and move to Ireland. Our property is sold and we will leave sometime in May.

We would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who contributed our amazing journey and help make Permakai what it became. We know we have touched the lives of many through the courses, trainings, and open days we held. It has been a privilege for which we are grateful. We wish you all the best for the future.

Rory and Jennifer

Permakai is a lifestyle block in the rural south west of Auckland. We’ve been practicing permaculture and growing seasonal vegetables and herbs here since November 2015. We’re not your standard farmers. We’re just two people who wanted to grow our own food in a sustainable way. And now we’re helping others do the same.

Our mission is to help people become more resilient—to build the skills and tools they need to be self-sufficient and capable of handling whatever future challenges may come their way.

To that end, we offer:

  • Permaculture courses and workshops.
  • A permaculture design and development service.
  • Space for like-minded people who wants to develop their own market garden using our tools and techniques – see a recent news article

If you want to visit or learn more please contact us.

Ireland here we come

Our wonderful permaculture property is sold

Here is what Rural Living, the local paper had to say about us. Sums up what we do very nicely (just click the image to read).


Bill Mollison, one of the founders of Permaculture, has said: “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”


This is a Maori term meaning “food, meal.”


Growing nutritional food according to the principles of Permaculture.