Energy Efficiency is the greatest obstacle to occupation of whenua

Energy Efficiency is the greatest obstacle to occupation of whenua

Tena koutou. This is my first attempt at blogging, I have no idea how to do it so bear with me whanau and apologies for spelling.

AKT has been investing some serious amount of time into public speaking and whanau papakainga hui it has been a humbling experience but also takes a lot of time and energy away from being productive.

Production is what we ultimately want but we have so much to learn and share to bring everybody along with us on this amazing journey of efficient, healthy affordable housing on whenua tupuna.

There are so many parts to organising and completing a housing project that it can be very tiring and overwhelming to find the right solution, make a decision, coordinate that action towards a successful goal…that’s why AKT was created, to help with that journey.

…and just like a whare build, energy and economy must be taken into account. My contribution for my very first blog is to make a few energy saving points so you don’t waste time and economy when working towards your goal.

First and foremost, dreams are wonderful but expensive if not planned properly. Plan your build and be committed…make this project your priority in life and I guarantee you will be successful. Treat it like a hobby and you will pay for it.

Many people ask me how it costs but only focus on the amount of money it takes. Money is only 1 form of energy to build your whare, definitely not the entire pool of positive power to call on.

Think of your position to capture solar and gravity energy, an endless supply of FREE energy!

Think of the new technology available now that has changed the entire industry and potential to occupy your so called “Abandoned land”…

Think of your whanau doing a project together and how energy can be contributed through skills, labour and whanaungatanga!

Think of the great resources around you on your whenua that is going to change your life and how you live, that awesome river, spring, timber, grass, space, paddock for work, play and peace of mind….your a lucky guy/gal/ whanau!

Whare Uku - footings 2

AKT have been meeting with some big players in the Energy sector to connect our whanau on a community level and look forward to that journey to help strengthen our nohowhenua upon our turangawaewae. Wireless, Wifi, Solar, Wind and many other options including Tidal Turbine are making off grid living a comfortable option…just gotta check it out, its getting better everyday!

Lots to share once get the hang of this blog thingy and get our Group of experts in architecture, engineering and earth building to contribute but for today just want to say kiaora whanau and look forward to our journey together

mauri tu, mauri ora!


Tikanga Ahikaa

Tikanga Ahikaa

“I take my role as a kaitiaki (guardian) of  my culture and natural environment – very seriously.  I acknowledge the sacrifices of my tupuna/ancestors and want to be a good descendent.” ~ Rueben

“Back in my great-grandparents time we all helped each other to build homes.” – Heeni

Taking a holistic approach to project management for us, means considering:

    • The history and previous use of the land.
    • Seeking kaumātua advice on the positioning of a new whare.
    • Location of family urupā/burial or other sites of significance.
    • Always utilising resources with knowledge, respect and responsibility.
    • Choose a site that is secure, sheltered and safe from possible floods but close to a water source.
    • Koha ~ Give back to everyone who has helped along the way.
    • Share knowledge.
    • We follow the Maramataka – the Māori lunar calendar.

“While building a house, we maximise output on optimum days.  Just as importantly, when it was best to rest and not stress if things weren’t running smoothly.” – Rueben

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Terra Madre | Slow Food Movement

Terra Madre | Slow Food Movement


We learnt lots, ate heaps, and met so many people, too hard to fit into a sentence our experiences. We loved all the languages we heard, inspiring us to learn more languages and promote our own.

We held a three-day gathering in Ahipara. Bringing together producers, cooks, educators and students. We discussed organic food production in Maori communities, Maori standard for farming, gardening and Hua Parakore.

Representatives from the Terra Madre network were involved in the organisation and we celebrated the young farmers who participated in the Manawhenua Challenge.

The gatherings bring together many inspiring people and provide an opportunity to network, share knowledge and learn new skills.

“I hope [those] who attended will take with them new found knowledge about healthy food for our people – especially for our children.’ ~ Rueben