Promoting our wellbeing by living in an intentionally harmonious and diverse community that actively nurtures the local environment.
Late last year we’d started negotiations with a sympathetic land owner who would include our cohousing cohousing within their site. We were basing this on the current Waipa District Council structure plan, which included water and roading infrastructure on the neighbouring land. The developer of that land then filed an RMA application for consent to subdivide that moves this off to an unspecified location. Guess where! Developer next door puts cooperative housing dream in limbo
What are we about?
Our project is a positive response to the unaffordability of the housing market, isolation and loneliness in our neighbourhoods, and aims to utilise the land and environment better. Begun by a Cambridge family, we have now grown to include over 10 households. We want to share the dream of home ownership, in a sustainable way, providing affordable housing and creating a vibrant, connected community.
What’s happening now?
Our group is working together with the aim of building a cohousing community in or near Cambridge. We have regular fortnightly meetings to progress the project, discuss the practical challenges of the development, explore ways to cement the community, find understanding and shared values. Want to know more about the project? Check out our frequently asked questions as a starting point.
What the heck is cohousing?
It may be relatively new to New Zealand, but cohousing is well-established overseas. In a cohousing community you own a private dwelling and have access to shared indoor and outdoor common spaces, utilities and gardens. There are a number of cohousing projects established or underway across the country. Check out our list of resources for more information.
What could it look like for me?
We will be a multigenerational community, with financial and social advantages for singles, couples or families. Cohousing can be a great fit for all. Find out more about how cohousing could be right for you and your whānau.
How can I get involved?
Now is a great time to join our project. You’ll have the opportunity to help shape the community you want to live in and contribute to the design of the buildings and site. If you are interested in the project and want to learn more, please contact us: