It is great to see that sustainable solutions are getting traction in the marketplace. It is obvious that there is a housing crisis in New Zealand that is not going to disappear if we rely on purely traditional large housing models. We need to promote the great solutions that are being discussed and starting to be delivered in New Zealand. This is why we keep being involved in local forums to keep spreading solution-based communications. It was great to see that the Herdon Gazette published a piece about the recent Nelson forum.
As the Herdon Gazette article notes -
Developer Ian McComb, who took part in this week‘s forum, was part of a company planning to build 120 small or tiny homes on four hectares in Featherston. He said the benefits of a tiny home were that people built only what they needed – about 30 to 35 square metres per adult. The average home was more than twice that size. “There are all these mechanisms that are pushing people towards houses they don‘t actually need in terms of size, which means it costs a lot more than they need.”
Other recent events include the CoHoHui in Wellington in February that received a fair bit of press and the Connected Affordable Living workshop in Hamilton in November.
Locally in Nelson, Community Action Nelson is holding a series of conversation cafes to investigate the issues and solutions around providing affordable and/or community housing. Ian is speaking about developer driven co-living developments at the May 3 event.
Interested in hearing Ian speak in May?
Community Action Nelson: https://www.facebook.com/events/584645115336500/
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