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The Homeowners

Written by Benjamin This morning we woke up in our own home for the first time. Home, at the moment, is a half renovated gypsy wagon in the middle of a paddock; but it’s our gypsy wagon and our patch of dirt. We owe nothing to the bank and it feels damn good to no […]

Drones Eye View

Written by Ben, Here are some photos taken from the sky showing how our little village is unfolding from the landscape… (Pictures by – unknown name, father of our beloved ex-apprentice, Lulu – Aurelie Picard) The first photo is looking west, towards the Mangaone Stream, from above the Koanga Institute.  The tree nursery and one […]

Beekeeping at Kotare Village

Written by Renee Bees have been around for at least 40 million years; with some estimates of fossilized honeybees that could potentially date back 150 million years!  Bees are the best-known insect on the planet and are the planets most important pollinator of food crops, thus they are central to our survival and deserve to […]

One Family’s Journey

Written by Amy. So it has been just over one month since we arrived at Kotare Village. We have been staying in a rental house just up the road from the village.. it is comfortable, much bigger than the house we had in Auckland, and we have little furniture with us, so it’s rather…er…spacious.. But […]