Blueskin Bay is one of those idyllic places you drive past on State Highway One and think, wow, unspoiled and underdeveloped New Zealand beach that is incredibly pretty, and the tiny number of people within those houses are so, so lucky to have chosen to live there. And the subtext is: maybe I will find a place like that. Maybe some day.
But then, it’s hard. Walk out of whatever comfortable thing you are in. And you keep driving.
It’s on the coast north of Dunedin. In 2006 there was a huge flood in the area, and as a result whole bunches of people realized they could aspire to something.
What this kind of community is, is an alternative to national-level and party politics.
People altering their communities by pulling together their local resources and trying really really hard.
Their main activities are:
But here’s the really inspiring thing.
Having established their first wind turbine, they are now planning a whole bunch more.
I am sure they have their own internal tensions, and who knows it could all end in tears.
So far it’s proceeding among joy.
Making intentional community work, and then proposing to expand their little unit of aggregated capital into something far bigger?