Formed: 1995 Established: 2001
This page last updated:11/25/2010
Ranui, West Auckland,
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Earthsong is New Zealand's first and (so far)only cohousing AND urban eco-neighbourhood community, located in West Auckland. The community is up and running with two formally organized shared dinners per week, and many informally organized potlucks, barbeques and gatherings in between. We have 32 homes on site, 31 of which are currently sold and occupied, with one ground floor apartment still to sell. This apartment is physically accessible, has its own private garden,and has two and a half bedrooms. We are a diverse community in age, occupation, and cultural backgrounds, giving us a rich social life. The Earthsong Community Trust is a non-profit organization that runs environmental education programs on site. in addition. Earthsong owns a block of land in front of our site and has formed a company called "Walk to Work Eco-Developments Limited," with the intention of building eco-friendly businesses there in a few years time. We welcome all beliefs and philosophies, but there is a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability. Ecologically sensitive materials were used to build the houses, and they are cooled in summer and warmed in winter with passive solar features. Permaculture gardens are all overthe common property and, with the orchard, supply much of the produce for common meals. We have an extensive rain-water catchment system and pond, and this plus solar water-heating provides most of our hot water. The community also has a state-of-the-art composting toilet with adjacent worm farm for use and display in the Common House.
Status: Finished building
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This page last updated:11/25/2010
(By appointment only)
Visitor Process: Please check our website for Public Tour days. If you need to come at a different time, contact us first by email, and then we can see if someone will be available to host you.
GEN - Global Ecovillage Network
:: Eco-Village and Cohousing Association of New Zealand
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(we have about 7 active non-resident members as well)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(Participate on a cooking team, attend some meetings and working bees)
($NZ100 for Associate Membership, $NZ2000 for Full Membership)
Land and Buildings
4 acres (1.6 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Individual community member(s)
(Also some commonly owned land by all of us)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(We try to cater for sepecial diets)
(We always offer a vegetarian option)
Common Spiritual Practices:
:: Private school off the property
:: Public schooled
Square Feet in Common House:
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