Moving to Tui to live

Are you interested in living in an intentional community?  Wondering if there are opportunities to come to Tui for longer or even make Tui your permanent home?

We currently have no opening for new residents. However, over time this situation may change, so please get in touch if you’re interested.

Could Tui be a place to live for you?

Tui is a land-based, remote community in Golden Bay with particular needs at this stage of its development:   Tui wants to attract people with a view towards long-term commitment. We are most interested in people with practical, land-based skills and experience, who have plenty of energy and motivation to contribute to communal land and activities. The list below is to enable interested parties to appreciate our particular needs and to consider whether they have these attributes or a willingness to evolve them. 


  • Self-motivated, team-player, with can-do attitude who enjoys contributing in positive ways
  • Land-based – able and willing to work physically on the land; preference for skills in gardening, orcharding, machinery maintenance, and/or building
  • Good communicator – willingness to learn and practice good communication and conflict resolution skills, and already some knowledge and practice in this
  • Willing to take self-responsibility, incl for themselves, their relationships with people and our planet, incl physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Healthy on all levels
  • No dependencies that disrupt the health of relationship with self, others or community functioning, e.g. no regular use of drugs or alcohol
  • Willingness to participate in the creation of a multi-generational community, which embraces children, families and elders
  • Interest in fulfilling the purpose of the Trust (see TSET objectives)
  • Already have resources and livelihood skills to financially support themselves in a rural setting
  • NZ citizen or permanent resident

A stay as a visitor or intern is a prerequisite for consideration to become a long-term resident. If you are interested to find out more about the entry process to Tui, contact INNA via email.

How much does it cost to live at Tui?

There’s a financial contribution to the Trust/Community equating to about $65/week per adult. Adult residents also contribute 3.5hrs/week in volunteer work to Tui. Weekly rent for rental accommodation or site rental for a temporary accommodation site is additional to this.

How to find out more?   

Contact INNA via email to answer our questionnaire and arrange an introductory talk.

A bit more about us again….

As a new resident you would be joining an existing group of approximately 30 adults, and up to 8 children (aged 3-17 years). We have wwoofers and interns regularly, and many summer visitors. Tui is situated in Golden Bay, 30mins drive from Takaka on approx 140 acres of bush and pasture next to the Abel Tasman National Park bush and beach. Houses are spread out around the land, shared facilities include a Community House, orchard, gardens, and Event Centre (Tui Treefield). We have weekly meetings and shared meals and various sporadic shared activities. Currently most school-aged children at Tui go to local schools and one is being home-schooled. There is a school bus which leaves from Tui daily. There are 2 businesses at Tui, and reasonably priced high speed internet to facilitate other businesses.