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“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”

The Koanga Institute was co-founded by Kay Baxter and Bob Corker, and is part of a 30-year journey to save New Zealand heritage food plants, and experience self-reliance and community development. In the process of saving the seeds, we came to the realization that seed saving is just one aspect of the broader need to address the foundations of our ‘human ecology.’ The challenge became bigger.  See Bob’s story.

We believe we are on the cusp of enormous changes that will see our normal life challenged on many fronts, as the economic, environmental and social costs of maintaining an industrial consumer society and exponential economic growth become increasingly unsustainable and undesirable.

Our response is to invest in a village community that creates its own culture of regeneration, self-reliance, and resilience, not only for the village itself, but to be an active part of seeding transformation in the community – both New Zealand and the around the world.

This is not a place to ‘escape from the world’, or to protest against it. It will take years of hard work and determination, but we believe it is better to affirm a new way than wait for our mainstream society to transform.

We invite you to be part of this transformation and part of the solution. Get Involved.

We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For