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Creating Housing in Service to Life--Get What You Need to Create a Connected Housing Community That Also Makes a Positive Impact

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Who this event is for

Are you considering creating or already involved in developing a co-housing or cooperative housing community, ecovillage or tiny home village?

This event is aimed at those who see housing as a means for regenerative place-making, for creating places to live that honour relationship and connection to people and the larger web of existence.

This event serves those who:

  • Innovative housing & intentional community visionaries stepping into collective housing & community development
  • Those wishing to live in collective housing who want to make it happen for themselves
  • Landowners who want to develop a community on their land,
  • Members of a group exploring housing options
  • Not-for-profit organisation staff looking into creating community-focused housing for their beneficiaries/clients

What you will gain from participating

Learn how to access the essential knowledge, skills, resources, and processes needed to go from idea to reality, gain traction and stay on track, attract a network of key role players and investors, identify cost-savings to increase affordability, and get the support and clarity you need to progress your project to its fullest potential.

About the organiser

Creating a cohort of connected, skilled and inspired housing community creators who are empowered to bring about the housing and communities they envision is the mission of Common Ground. We work with a wide network of professionals from the built environment sector, experts in community development, and grassroots organisations who focus on collective, affordable, sustainable community-led housing.

The convener of this event is Zola Rose of Common Ground.

Achievements in this sector

  • Co-founded an intentional eco-community and lived in the community for nine years, from start to finish.
  • Experienced the best and the worst of pioneering a new community development—a lot of lessons learned through real life experience
  • Developed a rural homestead of 1 acre using permaculture design principles which functioned as a Sustainability Commons Learning Centre for teachers, local community, and international visitors
  • Initiated the establishment of the first Council-partnered and government-funded Community Land Trust in Aotearoa (for affordable housing)
  • Coordinated the building of 100+ houses on rural and urban sites in partnership with future residents and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

Professional Development in this sector

  • Masters in community and international development
  • Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)
  • Ecovillage Design Education certificate (EDE)
  • Regenerative Practitioner Series course certificate
  • Won the 2012 “Eduplant” award for best permaculture school and educator in the province
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop certificate
  • Member of the Australasian Facilitator’s Network

Strong Networks and Roles in the Sector of Housing Systems Change

  • Committee member of the Society for Alternative Housing Development
  • Committee member of the Society for Cooperative Housing NZ
  • Member of the Waikato Regional Housing Initiative
  • Member of the Permaculture in New Zealand assoc

Values-Driven

  • I acknowledge the Māori version of Te Tiriti (Treaty of Waitangi) and work towards structural and institutional changed based on that version and value an indigenous worldview.
  • I value multiculturalism and diversity in all its forms.
  • I am guided by the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share, and the living systems framework.
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