…is intentional clustered private dwellings with shared facilities and neighbourhood life.

Created and run by residents cohousing reduces isolation, and the physical design, and shared resources offer a radically lighter eco footprint. Read more….


Well-established in Europe and the US; here, the sustained success of Auckland's Earthsong has inspired a new wave of diverse projects across NZ: urban to rural, compact to spacious.

See NZ Cohousing Communities.


A Question of Confidence

After a flurry of new collaborative housing initiatives emerging over the last year, 2017 finds some of us with more muted expectations.
Auckland Conversations Streams

Auckland Conversations - As Good As It Gets?

Auckland Conversations excellent urbanist discourse is failing badly when it comes to housing.

Solving the Supply Side Problem

Developers typically privatise public land for private profit in the name of ‘partnership’. We can do better.


Earthsong Public Tours will be 26 May , 25 August, November 2018 - all start at 10am, no reservation necessary: FInd out more

Robin Allison's next round of Cohousing seminars kicks off in in October 2018 - follow up at


An Apology has been quiet for a while, but you can expect updates and news soon.

A Generic Legal & Accounting Framework

An initiative to to develop generic cohousing Accounting, Legal and Taxation advice for the New Zealand legal environment is under way.

Ohu Launches Housing Solutions Foundation

A new Christchurch-based organisation has been formed to help break through some of the toughest barriers coho type projects face.