“Is community-led home ownership the way of the future?”

Shared spaces, playgrounds and community gardens. At a co-housing project in Golden Bay, residents see property as more than an asset. Steven Moe pays it a visit.

“We’ve been told that we need to live in isolation, to have our own house away from others, to have our own land to be safe,” says Simone Kidner, one of the founders and first residents of an innovative housing project in Golden Bay. “What this has done has pushed us away from each other and led people to be disconnected from the whenua.”

Kidner, an Edmund Hillary Fellow originally from the UK, will soon be living in a unique space. Instead of rows of townhouses that maximise space to cram in as many people as possible, the Tākaka Cohousing Neighbourhood offers an alternative way of living, one based around community.

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