On the outskirts of Whanganui city a group of like minded people have bought 12 hectares of rural land to develop an environmentally sustainable community. They all own their own homes, but the bulk of the land is shared and available for orchards, gardens, firewood trees, wetlands and stock. The aim is for people to pursue their own goals in their own way, but everyone must have a composting toilet and houses are connected to one grey water system which keeps all water on site.
Also this week: When Waipara’s original vineyard was planted in 1981 by farmer, John McCaskey on his ‘Weka Plains’ property, it heralded the start of a whole new industry in Waipara.
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