Action groups are Go! All welcome.

Following last week’s first Viva community meeting for potential residents and investors, 3 key action groups were formed to take The Viva Project another step closer to reality.  This will inform the design and submission detail of the next stage in the Breathe urban village design competition.

The groups are:

Legal and Financial Structures – convened by Lin Roberts

Community Development – convened by Rex Verity

Design (all functional and aesthetic aspects) – convened by Jürg Hönger

Both the Community and Design teams will meet on Thursday 16 May and the Design team will announce a date soon.  See the Facebook page (which is visible to non-Facebook members too) or the Events page for details.

The Legal and Financial team has already met on Tuesday 14 May but it’s not too late for anyone interested to contribute.  If you are interested please contact us:

Viva update: Breathe competition and development options

The final presentation in last weeks networking meeting followed on nicely from Robin Allison’s presentation about structures and development options.  Jürg Hönger and Jane Quigley gave us an update on the progress with the Breathe Urban Village design competition and then presented a range of development options that they have been researching.

Viva and Jasmax are continuing to work to some tight deadlines with the Breathe competition organisers.  To begin moving to the next level, the Viva core team is now calling on those who have an interest in actually being part of the Viva community – as owners, tenants or investors – to come together to form functional groups to begin planning some of the concrete steps towards realising the vision.  (See workshop invitation.)


There are a number of ways a sustainable urban village can be developed:

The options

  1. Developer-led
  2. Partnerships between developers and residential groups (most common in US)
  3. Community-led, employs a professional team such as a Development/Project Manager, freeing the group to focus on building the social community
  4. Community-led, with community taking on all financial risk, development project management and implementation. Often this pathway costing more and taking longer.

For more details see the full presentation.

Full details of the next workshop.



Invitation: Workshop and action group formation

You are invited to a workshop for people interested in living in and/or investing in the Viva Project’s first sustainable urban village. This is an opportunity to –

  • meet each other as prospective residents and investors
  • review/discuss a shared vision (largely developed at previous Viva network workshops)
  • form “Study/Action Groups” to begin detailed planning of multiple aspects of the village.

When: 6:00 – 8:30pm Wednesday 8th May

$10 for pizza (standard, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free) or BYO food; hot drinks provided

Venue: CPIT Wharekai in Te Puna Wanaka Building, Coventry St – off Barbadoes St

Facilitator: Helen Telford – “is a highly recommended facilitator working with many NGO’s to harness and build effectiveness in organizations and teams, providing outcomes that exceed expectations”.  Sounds like just what we need!!

The groups will work on the steps needed to create a vibrant successful village – vision development, publicity, marketing / recruitment, decision-making procedures, communications, group agreements and processes for community living, stages and levels of commitment, design, finances and legal structures.

RSVP – to attend & pizza orders to Jane by Monday 6 May