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Cabal is my word for a way of working together. It is an wholistic space for collaboration with each other and the life streams we are part of. The Cabal ethos rests in the subtle arts of relatedness. For over 20 years, this philosophy has guided my approach to art, design and construction, within very diverse project teams, contexts and mediums.

This ‘deep collaboration’ is an art form of communication and interdependency as we sculpt, weave, design and construct processes for restorative built environments. I treat each creative project is an opportunity to explore with others, finding simple practical tools and processes that we can put into action to help realise our ideals for transformation and regeneration in our communities. Cabal

asks, “what is needed here?” “What are the optimum conditions for wholistic


Cabal is a call to the nourishment of love, life and the restoring of beauty.


re-source : going back to the root of what nourishes us


Auckland’s goal for Zero Waste to landfill by 2040 calls for a radical shift in how the people of Auckland see and manage their ‘waste’ streams and the infrastructure to support these new behaviours. This shift ultimately engages everyone in our city, inviting all people to become partners in the transformation to unleash the new potential of waste as a resource.

The Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre will be a critical hub within the Auckland Regional Resource Recovery Network, and essential to facilitating Auckland’s zero waste to landfill goal. As the drivers of this project, Auckland Council’s team understood the need to ‘work outside of the box’, to bring a new approach to the creating of this flagship facility.

As process designer and facilitator, Cabal brings a focus on helping create the conditions for all participants to discover their role, contributing to design and development processes, in a way that enriches the quality of the human and ecological outcomes, and helps realise the new, as yet unfathomable, rich potential for our people and place - beyond ‘waste’.

This project is developing both a physical asset within a site specific place in Western Springs, as well as nurturing a developmental journey for very diverse communities, both locally and regionally. Our way of thinking and the quality of our process is making all the difference.

“The discovery phase has clearly delivered. It’s a positive process. It’s all inclusive and so it’s a process that is not dominated by a single voice. Its delivered. That’s the important thing. Quality outcomes. The outcomes for me are in the ‘finer grain’. We are seeing that underpin. We see it woven through the concept design.”

Adrian Pettit (Te Akitai Waiohua)

“Thank you all for such a positive, true, logical, light and deeply connected process. It was meaningful in terms of development of the practical fundaments of the CRC as well as connecting with the deeper purpose of this.”

Juliet Arnott. Kaiwhakaora ngangahau/Occupational Therapist, Founder/Director, Rekindle

“It’s not just words on the paper. We worked through them together, we are all vested in them, and it’s not one thing. It’s not just ‘waste’ that this is important to.”

Sophien Brockbank, Auckland Council Waste Solutions