Life in Community

Community Glue

The primary objective of the community is to live close to the land and create an environment supportive of families and personal growth.

The hub of the community is the original farm house – the community homestead provides a dining room for up to 60 people, kitchen, lounge, kids space, meeting place, laundry facilities, shop, games room and guest accommodation  It can be busy during meal times, this is the place to catch-up and connect with one another.


We share some meals together, community/trust meetings, celebrations, working bees and tukis (a way of deep and open communication adapted from the Maori culture).  In some of these places of connection, there is space for “sharings” where someone gifts the group what is alive for them in their lives – a time of honesty, grace, laughter and tears.

We do not follow a specific religious or political creed, or spiritual leader.  The community as a whole celebrates the equinoxes and solstices.  There can be spontaneous craft circles, workshops, music nights, potlucks or nothing at all!  Sometimes there are mens’ or womens’ circles that are hosted by residents.


Children make up 20% of the population of the community, though some of them only live on Tui part-time.  Children are regarded as being parental responsibility, as well as communal, which has cultivated a deep sense of extended family.  Currently one of the Tui children is being home-schooled, others attend the local school (school bus leaves from the gate).


The community is thriving with a mix of founding members, members, residents, visitors and wwoofers. You are always welcome to visit us though and ‘have a cup tea’.

IMG_1627Working the Land, Making it Work

Each person contributes to community running and development costs. Adults contribute 3.5 or more hours per week to the community in various forms – garden, farm, finances, orchard, machinery etc.  Some volunteer hours to these and other areas of the community and Trust.

Community Energy Sources and Use

Most buildings are on mains electricity, some are solar powered. Most have solar water heating of some sort. Most people own cars, we have an active shared transport system for people going into Takaka or Nelson.  In an attempt to keep our roads car-free, people walk and cycle where practical. Telephones and internet are in most people’s homes.