VIVA! Members invited to Open Home – 5.30 2 November Limited Numbers!

Our next VIVA! Networking Meeting
Monday 2 November 5.30 – 6.30pm  11 Church Square Addington
At Christchurch’s first 10 star Superhome
Limited to 30 People – so book in please!


Architect Bob Burnett and team will show us around his and NZ first 10 Star home in Church Square, Addington. He will also tell us about the Superhome Movement – building affordable, higher value homes with low ongoing costs.   MORE INFO

Please RSVP to Jane by Friday 30th October – sorry we can only have 30 people to this event, so it will be first in!

Lets go to the Pegasus Arms for a bit of a chat/dinner following!!

Viva! still on the hunt for Land

AerialView_BannerViva! Continues to look for land within the 4 Avenues

We continue to hunt for land in the city to develop our first city based Urban Village
– do you know of any land that would be suitable for our sustainable urban village?

Land size of approx 3000 m2 – 5000 m2 would be good.

We presently have land we are doing due diligence on however if certain conditions do not come together we need other options.

Contact Jane

A Superhome Built in Christchurch

Bob Burnett Architecture is part of the the New Zealand Superhome Movement and has just completed two 10 Star homes in Church Square Addington. 


Superhomes say on their website:

The perception that an energy efficient home is too expensive, is a myth.
Now, find out how to create your own healthy home with no power bills.

The Superhome Movement is gathering the very best in learning, products, and expertise to help you get a much better new house for your money.  Our specific goal is to help  at least 1,000 new homeowners to build their Superhome in the next three years.


These homes could be 50 metres square.  They could be 480 metres square.  No matter – they will be built to a much higher design and performance standard than they would have been otherwise.

VIVA! members have been invited to a special open home at the Church Square homes.  2 November 5.30-6.30. This is  limited to 30 people, so please contact Jane Quigley to claim your place by the 30 October

More links to Explore

Co-operative Sections – Now there is an Idea

Co-operative SectionsGeoff Butcher spoke at the last Viva Networking Meeting about his efforts to cut back on the price of housing by focusing on development costs, and working co-operatively to develop a piece of land.  Visit his Website

Sections cost too much,  and many subdivisions are poorly designed and boring because of the limitations put on building design.

The issues for people in Christchurch:

  •  They will receive a payout on their Red Zone section which is insufficient to buy a new section. OR
  •  They will receive a payout on their house and section which gives them insufficient equity to buy another property. OR
  • They just can’t afford a section OR
  • They want to be more involved in the building of their new home and community OR
  • They find  the covenants are too restrictive OR
  • They just want to try to develop and build quality homes in a different way.

The Solution:

co-ops workCo-operate with a group of people to get a section at a 30% discount to typical current market prices.  More detail

One project is Underway – the Hikuwai 

HikuwaiAll the initial blocks were taken up by cooperative members, with the last one being sold in Dec 2013.  However, the central block (originally lot 16) is to be further subdivided. Houses have been designed in this innovative precinct and they are looking for buyers. Interested in buying? More information here

Geoff Butcher Economist 1 Cooperative Developments from Christchurch Voices on Vimeo.