Jurg reports on our Viva Networking Meeting, 25 Feb 2019, at the Twisted Hop in Woolston
Cohousing Hui – Jane Quigley Reports
In the first part of the meeting, Jane Quigley presented an overview of the Co-housing Hui she recently attended in Wellington. View her presentation here
Particularly her examples of co-housing communities in both NZ and overseas were inspiring and well received by an engaged and interested audience of about 35 Viva community members. More about the Hui Here
Jane’s presentation set the perfect scene to then go through progress on our very own Madras Square development! As we have said before, Viva has joined the Otautahi Urban Guild to develop the original Breathe Site on Madras Street. More here
This was followed by a panel discussion, capably facilitated by Rosemary. On the panel were Lin, Geoff, Jane, Pauline and Jürg, and we were quite blown away by the sheer interest, the insightful questions, and the energy and passion in the room.
When we asked for a show of hands of all people potentially interested in living in Madras Square, we got around 90% of all people present raise their hands!
Talking about sharing cars (and not needing a dedicated car park), we got a slightly smaller number of people expressing their willingness (~80%).
We felt strongly that interest was significantly higher than in the past – the time for such a development appears to be just right!
Of course, the true test will come when we ask people to financially commit, but if this meeting was anything to go by, this will follow relatively easily. Many conversations were around the community driving significant aspects of the design of such a development. There is a strong expectation amongst the Viva community members that they will be able to contribute through integrated design workshops, etc.
Keep in Touch with Viva and Madras Square…
We strongly interested folk to join
- the Madras Square Facebook page
- complete the Madras Square Survey – Similar to Viva Survey but a little different – and generally spread the word and engage at every opportunity
- Join the Mailing list for Madras Square via the Facebook page above.
- Check out their Website
All in all, one of our most upbeat and engaging Viva Networking meetings ever! Thank you all for making it happen and participating.