A house that heats itself, a sewage system based on composting worms and an edible garden will be showcased in the Good Life Home Tour in the Matakana area on Sunday October 11.
The tour will be an opportunity to meet a few Kiwi eco-pioneers who have each created their own version of ‘the good life’ – in one case from the ashes of disaster. The four very different properties are located in Sandspit, Matakana and Pakiri.
In Sandspit, the tour will take in a home that generates its own power, uses worms to process sewage and sits on 1.2 hectares of edible gardens.
The two properties in Matakana include a nearly completed, low-impact, straw-bale house designed to heat itself in winter and a purpose-built eco-house set amongst a prolific edible garden.
The last house on the tour is a 125sqm mud brick home in Pakiri which has a composting toilet, passive solar design and permaculture garden, and was built by a family who lost their previous home in a fire.
The tour is part of a mini Ecofest, organised by the Kaipatiki Project, the environment centre of the North Shore.
Other events include:
Edible Native Landscapes, free food-foraging walks and talks around Hobsonville Point, on Saturday October 3
The Good Life Talks, an entertaining evening with actor, broadcaster and MC Rick Leckinger and eight special guest speakers, at The Pumphouse in Takapuna, on Thursday October 8.
The free Good Life Home Tour will run from 9am to 3pm.