Atamai Village

Last updated: September 11, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: September 18, 2012

Atamai Village

(Motueka, Tasman, New Zealand)

Mission Statement:

Resilient post-oil village

Community Description:

Atamai Village is designed to provide an enduring community for at least 200 people. Villagers will live in privately owned homes, and enjoy the benefits of a large common area jointly managed to enhance physical and social resilience.

Atamai is specifically designed to deal with the impacts of climate change, energy descent and the economic and social challenges that are likely to follow.

The development of our ecovillage is already in progress, with food security already established in the form of orchards, grazing, and market gardening. We have lots ready for sale, and buildings under construction. We also have various on-site business and livelihood opportunities.

We are located within biking distance of Motueka, on the top of NZ’s South Island, and less and an hour’s drive from Nelson and Richmond.


  • Adult Members: 23
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling


  • Type: Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.), Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities.), Volunteer~ Internship~ Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing, Ethical Business~ Investment Group~ or Alternative Currency, Land Trust
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities.), Volunteer, Internship, Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 200 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Planned number of residences: 60
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Additional Comments: When complete.

    We hope to have cohousing developments within the village, but we are not a cohousing development as a whole.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: No


  • Additional Comments: This is built into the land price, and provides ownership of a share of the commons.

    We hope to have our commons pay for itself, but if that is not viable, then we could choose to charge ourselves a yearly levy.



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Additional comments: We can provide all our own needs in fruit & vegetables. Meat and dairy available soon.

    We have all types here.


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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Building
  • Shared common building: Yes


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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge