Kotare Village Community Land Trust
- Commenced: 01/02/2011
- Submitted: 03/08/2011
- Last updated: 01/08/2012
- Location: 96 Kotare Road, Wairoa New Zealand, Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
- Phone: 06 8388375
- Website: www.communitylandtrusts.co.nz
- Climate zone: Mediterranean
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Kotare Village Community Land Trust
Project TypeRural, Residential, Intentional Communities, Community
A rural intentional community for 30 families, using a Community Land Trust legal structure for land ownership.
We are developing an intentional community near Wairoa, New Zealand, with a clear purpose of becoming largely self reliant (within our community or our bioregion) in food, health, energy, clothing, shelter, currency and finance. We are subscribers to Richard Douthwaite's ideas.
• The community will be focused on self- reliance and interaction within its bioregional community, and global society. It will not be isolationist.
• We have taken particular care to ensuring the land we settle on has adequate resources to achieve our goals - particularly enough water and good soil. Our land is on the banks of the Mangapoike river, near Wairoa. ( for more details, see our land.)
• We have chosen a rural setting, not unduely affected by horticulture,industrial dairying or life style blocks, - an area that is not likely to change dramatically in the foreseeable future. We have chosen not to be near a major city. We see the need to fully engage in our vision without too many 'distractions'.
• We will take particular care to ensure that once we have satisfied the infrastructure requirements of the District Council and the Resource Management Act that we have sufficient capital, energy and an appropriate governance to invest in the communities economic development - to give legs to our vision. In particular will establish a well provisioned design/building cooperative, and construct: a good water supply system, a small dairy farm and shed, a cooperative processing facility, community facilities, and a cooperative communications/office facility.
• With regard to land ownership we will adopt the legal structure and typical governance structures of a Community Land Trust. We believe this is by far the best model developed so far to promote self reliance.
• A major part of the economic development within the community will be centred around the Koanga Institute including maintaining and distributing its seed collection, and an education facility based around experiencing and learning about the whole process of developing self-reliance. This will entail the lease of a section of the Community Land Trust specifically for this. The activities of the Institute will provide opportunities for employment and contracted self-employment. Outside of these opportunities we envision others will be both self-employed and/or working within other independent business organizations, with independent leases or licenses from the Trust to suit their needs.
• The initial development of the community will be done by a purpose formed development company, under contract to the Community Land Trust. This stage will probably take up to 2-3 years between obtaining the land, setting up the Trust, obtaining resource consent, constructing the infrastructure required by the resource consent, marketing, economic infrastructure, and the settling process.
• We envision two parallel economies within our community, the ‘internal’ one being based on our self – reliance within our bioregion, the ‘external’ one being oriented towards using the 'internal' economy to create external synergies.. We also imagine using our base of producing and processing nutrient dense food to export some high value processed products. There are lots of possibilities which will arise out of the vision and passion of the individual settlers.
• We will provide for both clustered and non-clustered housing, and clustered sites for 'cottage' industry.
• Some of the positions within the community for settlers will be held for who ever turns up, however we will also target the specific skills we will need once the detail of the development forms. This is likely to include builders, designers, business managers and administrators, farmers, gardeners, healers, food processors, mechanics, teachers, foresters, potters, weavers, engineers, midwives, artists, blacksmiths.....
• There will be use of 'gatekeepers' to protect the direction of development, these may include:
- - Limited or no grid electricity to foster alternative and low energy use
- - Prescriptions on the heat dynamics of housing
- - Prescriptions on housing materials
- - ‘Organic’ management of the commons
- - The requirement that land use builds carbon in the soil, rather than depleting it.