Awaawaroa Bay Eco-Village owns 169 hectares (420 acres). There is a large wetland and estuarine system and a number of large pockets of regenerating bush. Nealy than fifty percent of the bush is covenanted as a private reserve with DoC.
To protect the wildlife there are no cats or dogs on the property. Nontoxic and energy-efficient building materials and methods are required. An internal building code is in place. Most families use alternative power systems. We aim for a chemical-free environment with all land-use practices to be organic.
Our community vision statement is as follows:
"We live in community, creating a safe, sustainable environment that encompasses and enhances wholesome relationships with each other and the land.
All land use is organic, encouraging bio-diversity.
We protect and enhance ecosystems and natural habitats.
Our community is based on cooperation, honesty and consensus.
We have a willingness to balance individual needs with the greater
good of the community, while also valuing people’s diversity.
We are a community who understands that our actions and behaviours influence the world of the future."
A communal tractor shed/barn has been built. The construction of a multi-purpose mud-brick community building is almost complete and is used for meetings, celebrations and various group activities.