The Greenspace Co-op Winter Zine #1

The Greenspace Winter Zine #1 is here for you! Sign up as a patron at and receive a real live copy in your mailbox.

36 pages of A5 black and white photocopied goodness, with a beautiful screenprint on the cover by Hana from

Contributions inside from all the Greenspace co-op volunteers, offering inspiration and contemplation for the winter season.

$3 or $5 tier for Waiheke Island locals will get your zine delivered to your mailbox

$5 or $9 tier for around Aotearoa NZ or

$9 or $17 tier for the rest of the world

You only have to sign up for one month to get your cool magazine – cards are charged in USD on the 1st of the month, and I will contact you to confirm your postal address…


The Greenspace Project


About 13 months ago now The Greenspace Project claimed me. We had sold our house and didn’t have a clear next plan. Meanwhile the local organic shop was for sale. I didn’t buy the business, but a seed was planted.

I want to explore my Theory of Everything within the everyday, and because I also need a job, I am doing this within the format of one of the oldest trades, shopkeeping. One version of a theory of everything is permaculture. I am pretty sure you can use permaculture principles to look into really anything you choose:

Observe and interact.

Catch and store energy.

Obtain a yield.

Apply self-regulation and accept feedback.

Use and value renewable resources and services.

Produce no waste.

Design from patterns to details.

Integrate rather than segregate.

Use small and slow solutions.

Use and value diversity.

Use edges and value the marginal.

Creatively use and respond to change.

Greenspace is a permaculture hub, a design studio, an art gallery, an organic shop, an events space, a social centre. Greenspace is my PhD in shopkeeping, the ancient art of commerce and culture. I am curious about the balance between the hybrid format and the financial requirements for success. I am hoping I can keep doing this job for a while.





City Loops: Reserve Contribution

City Loops >
Reserve Contribution >

“We are bored in the city, there is no longer any Temple of the Sun.”
Ivan Chtcheglov, Formulary for a New Urbanism
October 1953, printed in Internationale Situationniste #1

Not only this, but as buildings get taller, less and less sun ever reaches the ground. Developers pile storey upon storey, maximising floor space and high end inner city rents. Space on the ground costs so much money that the ground itself must be multiplied over and over, or it is not counted as having paid its way.

The Situationist International’s critiques of modern cities still feel relevant. Debord’s vision of the spectacle, the always-hungry machine of modern culture, only seems more entrenched now than sixty years ago. The Situationist International, a weird and angry boys club (and Michèle): artists, poets and provocateurs, they set out to understand and change the city for themselves.

Protections are in place. The Council makes rules about the ratios of building heights to boundaries, but regularly trades out these rules for higher fees, and if we the people are lucky, some public benefit: an artwork, a walkthrough, a lobby – these are the little-known privately owned public spaces of Auckland city. They are places where one might find a faster way through, out of the heat or the rain, or a place to sit without being obliged to eat only the food that has been purchased here, or a view of the harbour usually obscured by layers of reinforced concrete.

And so, a small group of artists, a weird and angry girls club (and Joe), has come together to situationise the situation, to scope the psychogeography of our town.

We have created for ourselves a heightened awareness of what it is to negotiate a city. Walking through as a track, a record of a time. We have met in fancy lobbies and left behind prelimary guides and seedlings for others to find. Bringing food from elsewhere, claiming public space for shared meals. Witnessing others in their negotiated relationships with the space of the city. A knitting club in Queens Arcade, bring and share teabags, packets of biscuits open on the table.

The Council has bought our rights to be there. They have traded these spaces for larger buildings, exceeding the restrictions of the district plan. Are we angry or are we grateful? At the Vero building we are pretty happy. At the ASB building, we are less than impressed.

I aim for an awareness of the sacred in the everyday, and this communion with a group of artists – people who by nature and practice think in connection and layers – is a sacred gathering. A small and occasional Temple of the Sun.

City Loops: Fermentation Traders

Chris ( / and I will pull a handmade cart around the Devonport area, trading handmade sauerkraut for foods from local lunchers, finishing with a mixed-up shared feast at the north side of the Devonport Library.

11-11.30: Meet up at the north side of the Devonport Library (we will be the ones with the wonky cart) – all welcome! We will have ferments to share (you are also welcome to byo ferments for trading)
11.30-12.30: Fermentation trading (fan out around Devonport individually, in pairs or whatever…)
12.30: Feasting, all welcome (you are welcome to come just for the feast)

Photo from my previous collaboration with Chris, at Mairangi Arts Centre Summer Open Workshops

Make Your Own Culture

Make Your Own Culture: ongoing conversations >>

Avondale Community Centre, Saturday morning. Making sauerkraut in community.
An extension of the Freedom Cabbage project, Make Your Own Culture is a demonstration/workshop/talk incorporating the making and meaning of salted cabbage.



Avondale Community Action: Fermenting Vegetables Workshop, 7 May 2016
[This workshop is booked out now, but you can go on the waitlist… or get in touch if you are interested in hosting a fermenting workshop]

– cabbage
– salt
– knife and/or grater
– chopping board
– bowl
– 1 litre glass jar with lid
– a teatowel or two

Tree Support

Harbourview Sculpture Trail
Te Atatu Peninsula
5 – 28 March 2016

Harbourview Sculpture Trail: Artwork 42 >>
Harbourview Sculpture Trail: Featured Artist >>
Visual Arts at AUT >>

Philippa Nielsen - Tree Support

Materials: guy ropes, pegs

Tree Support is a playful collaboration with the landscape, an inquiry into the ways humans attempt to converse with other living beings. I want to consider the comic possibility that we aren’t an entirely necessary part of nature, while at the same time remaining hopeful that we can learn to collaborate more usefully with our planet.

“Trees are primary life-givers and bring benefit to the planet in every cell of their bodies. Being rooted, they interconnect with life in a very different way from ourselves, holding atmosphere and weather patterns together, supporting soil, bringing rain, providing home and shelter for animals and insects. They are the planet’s great alchemists, converting direct sunlight and minerals into breath and food for all creatures.”
– Charlotte Du Cann, 52 Flowers That Shook My World: A Radical Return to Earth