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Noho Kainga at Tapu Te Ranga Marae Wellington

Noho Kainga at Tapu Te Ranga Marae Island Bay Wellington

We’d like to meet people interested in living in a Noho Kainga (village) at our Marae at Island Bay (established 1974). We occupy 50 acres – it is freehold - 60% has been reforested in natives.

Our aim has always been to create a co-operative – a self sustaining/ community lifestyle based on the principals of/ Tikanga Maori - Cohousing - Permaculture. Not just a place to live – a way to live – advantages of private space/ community space/a diverse/green dollar/caring-sharing/kaitiaki (caretaker)-sensitive community.

We plan to build an Eco Village using Maori architecture/ with renewable energy/ solar powered/ recycling water-composts. A vehicle free, common/ organic vegetable gardens/ glass houses.

Whare design will have 4/5 bedrooms with two bathrooms to care for 3/4 generation whanau. They’ll have wisdom/knowledge of elders who in turn will be cared for.

Noho Kainga aim will have the advantages of Marae buildings/ their Turangawaewae/ self sustaining workshops for engineers/ builders/ gardeners’/ crafts. Fishing boat/ café/ art gallery. The Noho Kainga will be set within its substantial reforestation with walking tracks.

‘They who build the house are built by the house’- our mahi, last 40 years. The building of our Noho Kainga will be a major Trade Training activity.

Contact: Bruce Stewart [email protected]

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Posted by Whetu Hautapu on 03/11/2015 03:02 PM

eco marae
nga mihi, the concept of an eco marae is one my whanau is contemplating also. we were looking at trying to merge tikanga maaori with straw bale houses. In this modern age a straw bale wharenui sounds warm and cost effective. An earthship was thought of, similar to New Mexico eco villages, but was too labour intensive. We will keep our eyes on your taake to see how you progress. Do you have an operating budget/time frame? Are you putting out building tenders? Are you looking at having working bees to teach eco building techniques?

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