Lisa has been living in her campervan for about 2 ½ years. She will talk about how and why she made the decision to walk away from full-time work and city life in Auckland, what life has been like since, lessons she has learned and what tips she would give others wanting to escape the rat-race.
Deciding to rebel against living a "normal" life and instead lead a life of adventure and experiences, Sharla kicked her traditional lifestyle to the curb leaving the house and business behind. With 2 small builds under her belt, Sharla will share tips she has learned during both her diy builds, and what life on the road is really like and how to earn money while traveling. Sharla also is the conference manager of this event, and one of the driving forces behind the New Zealand Tiny House Association. Sharla's housebus will be on display at the conference.
MORNING TEA BREAK
A selection of tea/coffee and a large grazing platter with a variety of fruit, veges, dips, spreads, cheeses, baking and sweets is provided. This is also time to wonder around the trade show and tiny house village.
Kerris and her husband Chris have 3 acres in the suburbs, with two holidays homes, their own lodge and B&B, and a menagerie of animals. Rotorua has a severe housing crisis, and in 2018 one of Kerris’ employees was unable to find a suitable rental home for his family of six. Initially, the Tiny Home idea was only a brief thought, as a short term solution to helping their employee out, Ash Pari. However after looking into costs and returns, they quickly worked out that the Return on Invest for a rental Tiny House, is nearly double that of a standard rental home. It was a no-brainer and they haven’t looked back – Kerris designed Rotorua’s first 6-person Tiny House which was built by Tiny House Builders in Katikati, and Ash has been happily living in it ever since. Kerris will share with us a complete spreadsheet of costs and returns, and the processes she initially went through with the Council, and Ash will talk about living in a Tiny House with his sons, and the savings he makes while ‘living tiny’.
A few years ago, Lucy her husband Tim and their daughters Ramon and Juno packed up their lives in South London, UK and travelled around Europe in a campervan. They eventually headed back to NZ, where Lucy and Tim first met, and now live off grid, in a yurt, in a forest at the bottom of the Coromandel. Lucy will share their story of getting back to the land.
A selection of food vans will be onsite during the lunch break for you to purchase lunches, this is also time to wonder around the exhibitor trade show and tiny houses village.
RYAN STEVEN & ZISKI POSCHI
Planning to build a tiny house for several years Ryan and Ziski finally decided to take the plunge and put pen to paper to start the design phase of their tiny house build.
At the beginning of 2019 they attended a workshop that accelerated their tiny house project to a point that they felt comfortable ordering a trailer and turning their design into reality.
Ryan and Ziski will be speaking about their research and design process, how they got started, finding a place to build, and some lessons learnt during their build.
Robin Allison ran her own sustainable architecture practise for many years before founding Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, the innovative 32-home cohousing neighbourhood in west Auckland. Earthsong demonstrates leading-edge sustainable design with intensive community involvement, and as the Development Coordinator Robin guided the entire development and construction phase. Robin will share some of the key structures that have contributed to the success of Earthsong, and which will help inform the creation of other successful communities.
2.30pm - 3.00pm
After travelling to Fisherman’s Wharf, Vancouver, Olivia loved the idea of living in a houseboat and returned home to build one. After two years of big learning experiences and hard work, Blue Turtle was launched in Auckland Harbour. She will be speaking of her experiences researching, designing and building a houseboat and life living in a marina community.
AFTERNOON TEA BREAK
A selection of tea/coffee and a large grazing platter with a variety of fruit, veges, dips, spreads, cheeses, baking and sweets is provided.This is also time to wonder around the exhibitor trade show and tiny house village.
Danielle founded a tiny house village in East Auckland. Her passion to assist homeless families off the streets has led to a successful model of 13 tiny homes across four properties, with live-in capacity for 54 persons.
She will talk about the Island Child journey, how to create shared spaces and successful consent process for Auckland Council.