Welcome to Permakai, your friendly farmers in Waiuku.

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

Permakai is a lifestyle block in the rural south west of Auckland. We’ve been 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.
  • Space for like-minded people who wants to develop their own market garden using our tools and techniques – see a recent news article
  • A permaculture design and development service for those who want to grow vegetables but do not know where to start – see Permagrow
  • A three-month programme that aims to provide participants with the skills and inspiration to set up their own operation (currently on-hold while we assess and re-configure)

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


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.