We are reimagining a resilient, unified, and thriving future for Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Learning Environment is dedicated to regenerating Pīwakawaka Farm as part of supporting the social and environmental wellbeing of Whanganui.
Our living campus offers courses that heal, inspire, and develop capacity for personal and collective resilience.
To enable the delivery of wellbeing-centred, holistic learning experiences.
To offer community education in adaptation and emergency response.
To offer equitable access to education.
To provide learning opportunities in collaboration with existing tertiary education institutions.
To facilitate and enhance a regenerative, circular economy.
To encourage Kaupapa Māori rangahau
and research in regenerative practice.
To offer community education in social and environmental regeneration.
To support tino rangatiratanga, partnership, bicultural development and reconciliation.
rarangi wa timeline
An outline of our innovative organisational structure through our Forest metaphor
Empowerment comes when people participate in the decisions that impact their lives.
As part of re-establishing tino rangatiratanga [self-determination] throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, we seek to respect every person's mana motuhake [autonomy] within our organisational structure
So how do we do it?
We look to the forest as a metaphor for expressing the way decision-making happens within the Learning Environment.
The organisation as a whole is known as The Forest. It is made up of project-orientated teams that we call Trees. For example, The Piwakawaka Farm Tree manages the farm businesses and cares for the land.
Each Tree is made up of action-orientated teams called Branches. For example, the Thriving Kai Branch of Piwakawaka Farm Tree manages the food production.
The Forest is stewarded by our charity, which enables the fulfillment of our primary charitable purpose: offering accessible learning.
the forest te ngahere
“You can think of the organization as an organism within the ecosystem of its external environment, as well as an ecosystem itself within its own boundaries, since it too consists of organisms (people) interacting with each other and their shared environment.”
Paul Borawski & Arian Ward
Living Strategy: Guiding Your Organisation Through
the Rugged Landscape Ahead
fauna ngai kirehe
Fauna are the humans (and other organisms) that cycle nutrients through and beyond the organisation. Collaborative relationships allow this organisational model to thrive.
Trees are groups focused on the strategic and cultural integrity of a broader project. They facilitate collaboration between Branches.
Branches are where the action happens and where most decisions are made. They are small, agile groups focused on specific projects.
Fungi are our systems, group processes and online platforms that enable information to efficiently cycle through the organisation.
The Soil is the Vision, Objectives and Culture of the organisation, from which everything grows!
Click to continue journeying through our organizational structure
A Birds-Eye View of The Forest
“The new science keeps reminding us that in this participative universe, nothing lives alone. Everything comes into form because of relationships… If we are interested in affecting change, it is crucial to remember that we are working with webs of relations, not with machines.”
Margaret J. Wheatley
Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World