Learn from those who came before.
THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE
Land is staked out marking where wharepuni will sit. Stake where the three removable marquees will stand. Stake out the carpark. Mark lines on the ground showing where the trencher will bury water & wastewater pipes and electrical conduit. Note: No survey, no subdivision, only stakes and lines.
The wharepuni are mobile homes, manufactured in factories, towed to site, installed in a matter of hours, and most importantly are removable 15-years later in a matter of hours leaving only bare topsoil.
The carpark is set near the road, no cars within the living area. A permeable fabric is placed on top of the topsoil and a layer of crushed rock is laid on top. This forms a temporary carpark that can be removed. Similarly, paverstones are laid on the ground to form footpaths for walking, cycling and hand trolleys from car to home.
A trencher buries the pipes and conduits to each standpipe where the mobile home is parked. This is a permanent change to the land, but a positive one. In 15 years when the land reverts to high-production market farming (typically growing 4kg of food per m² in contrast to the 80 grams of milk solids per m² that NZ’s dairy industry yields), when the mobile homes are removed, the topsoil has built in irrigation pipes as well as power sources for robotic farming which is expected to displace heavy tractors and farm implements.
The wharenui marquee, with benches and tables is used for childcare and upon occasion for gatherings
The wharekai has a BBQ and picnic tables. It is used for social dining. In large kainga it may have a food kiosk
The whare whaihanga is what makes the kainga economically sustainable. Instead of everyone driving away to work somewhere else, or relying on the benefit, people are able to make and sell things. With the very low cost of living that is inherent in kainga living, this gives economic independence as well as meaning.