Ahi Wai Eco-Neighbourhood is envisaged as a supportive intergenerational community and a model of sustainable urban living.
Kaitiakitanga (guardianship of the land) & Manaakitanga (caring for each other) inform this group’s progress to develop a socially and environmentally sustainable urban community in Whangarei. There is a 2 acre site with an existing large dwelling, currently owned by the project’s founders, and plans have been developed to build17 units on this site. Included in these plans are a common house, a central village green, swimming pool, childrens area and community gardens & orchard.
The group is looking to expand membership and offers monthly meetings to get to know others and the project. Construction is estimated to begin in 2019/2020.
Aims & Principles
The group honours indigenous culture and the role of Tangata Whenua in their history and daily lives. They have on-going relationships with kaumātua from Te Parawhau and are guided by their insights.
The group supports inclusion, intergenerational living and friendliness: They promote respect, co-operation, tolerance of difference, shared enjoyment and fun. They support interpersonal relationships fostering clear communication, consensus decision-making and conflict resolution.
The group supports environmental awareness by engaging with the wider community: They consult and support the surrounding schools and other educational institutes and initiatives that are judged appropriate.
About the Eco-Neighbourhood
The shared facilities and spaces form the heart of the neighbourhood. The village green, pool and common house are the social focal points. The common house will provide communal services such as recycling, utilities, library, workshop and communal “spare bedrooms” for guests of residents. The primary accessways to buildings are suitable for all abilities and in all weather (underfoot and overhead).
The built environment supports our private and shared lives in an environmentally-friendly way: Renewable sources of energy are preferred and promoted (solar panels, on-site water tanks) and the houses are built to a high level of energy efficiency. The neighbourhood supports recycling, composting and waste minimisation.
The land is central to Whangarei town centre. Walkways encourage human powered transit like walking, cycling, prams, wheelchairs and skateboards. Car parking is restricted to the communal car parking area and plans include the possibility of a communal electric car.
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