Communal living projects are gaining traction as traditional home ownership gets beyond the reach of many people.
Co-housing involves family homes being built in clusters of up to 35 – around shared living spaces – gardens and communal facilities.
The concept has existed in some other countries for more than 50 years but is now gaining in popularity in New Zealand.
The first New Zealand co-housing project was set up in Auckland over 20 years ago but groups in Dunedin – Nelson – Christchurch – Masterton – New Plymouth – Whangarei and Hawke’s Bay are now busy establishing their own.
As well as sharing communal space – residents also share duties such as gardening – cooking and maintenance – making it virtually impossible not to know the neighbours.