An intentional community based on Quaker values, situated on the northern outskirts of Whanganui, New Zealand.
Sixteen homes surround a residential seminar centre accommodating up to 40, serving the needs of NZ Quakers and other groups for seminars, retreats etc. The 20 acre site is owned by a Quaker Trust set up in 1975. There is no individual ownership of land: tenure is therefore not “ownership” rather “guardianship”. It could be seen as a “papa kãainga”; communal facilities kept warm by people living in the encircling houses. Infrastructure is minimal: carports are centralised and vehicular access minimised.
The Settlers share all management responsibilities and work cooperatively using spiritually discerned decision-making. Part of the Settlement’s mission is to find more sustainable ways of living together and developing a permaculture approach to our use of the land.