Robin Allison

With her training in architecture, Robin initiated and coordinated the development of Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, where she still lives. She now writes, teaches and consults around New Zealand to inspire and support thriving connected communities.

About me


Robin Allison is the initiator and project coordinator of Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, the award-winning 32-home cohousing neighbourhood in Ranui, Auckland, New Zealand. Earthsong demonstrates leading-edge sustainable design with intensive community involvement, and was a finalist in 2009 in both the World Habitat Awards and UN Habitat Awards.

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Michael LaFond

Community Developer, Project Manager and Urbanist. Michael LaFond is the founder and Director of ‘id22’ the Institute for Creative Sustainability based in Berlin.

Berlin, Germany
Bill McKay

Bill McKay is a lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. He writes extensively on New Zealand architecture and his commentary and criticism over the last decade has been recognised by the NZ Institute of Architects with a Presidents Award and Urbis magazine named him Best Architectural Writer.

Tania Sawicki-Mead & Alana McCrossin

The Buckley Road group is seeking to get around this this by building a small CoHousing community in the southern suburb of Southgate.

Camia Young

Camia is a Director of Ohu the 'Office for Holistic Urbanism' a property development company based iN Christchurch that works with communities to develop community-owned assets.

Bobbie Cornell and Nicci Armour

Bobbie & Nicci are a part of CLOSER Developments, working to provide affordable housing solutions through building Connected Communities, not just houses.

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