Who can join Club Wairua?
Anyone over the age of 18 years of age with identification, can join Club Wairua, by application. Membership termination is at the sole discretion of “the boss”.
How much is it to join Club Wairua?
A lifetime membership starts at $1.00 per share per member and $1.00 annual fees per adult member. Children (under 18 years old) are free.
What are the Usage Fees and how much are they?
Each Site Manager sets the Usage Fees for services rendered to Club Members. Usage Fees can be for meals, sauna use, annual administration, Clubroom facilities, use of the Tiny House Workshop, construction, technical or other services rendered including overnight/daytime site use. Simply discuss and agree to your Usage Fees prior to joining or using the services. Please make it clear what service you want to use; for how long, what currency you will be using and who is responsible for what, as part of your contract.
Do you provide Accommodation?
No, not as a rule but we are (2021) currently installing bunk rooms for members’ use at Matapuna. Club Members are expected to provide their own sleeping arrangements in their own cabins, motor homes, portables, tiny houses, container pods, house trucks, gypsy caravans or similar. Some limited sleeping facilities are currently available and other Club members will often make their living arrangements available to others, especially if there is an urgent need.
Can my Family Trust or Company join Club Wairua?
No. Club Wairua membership is only available to identifiable individuals over 18 years of age at the time of joining. Children of members may use the Club Wairua facilities only if supervised by a current Club Member or as otherwise agreed by the Site Manager.
What’s the deal with the Tiny House Workshop? Is it free? Can you help me? What about OSH?
The short answers:
a) No, tools usage is not free! You will need to pay usage fees.
b) Yes, we can probably help you, and
c) No, OSH are not involved. Club Wairua does not employ nor run a business.
The Tiny House Workshop is fully owned by Wairua (NZ) Ltd, so if you are a Club member, you will own one share of the company. You then actually own the tools – usually 1/10,000 of them to be precise – but they are legally yours to use. Yes, you may race in and grab a hammer or use a skill saw or bench saw at any time you so desire. Yes you may build your Tiny Home on the concrete pads outside the workshop. Just check in with the Site Manager for usage fees and training or any THW matter. The workshop is there for your use – you “own it”, so use it. Because these are your tools, you are responsible for all safety matters and because the THW is not a business, and the company does not employ people, OSH requirements do not apply. Common sense does, though. If you would do something in your own workshop at home, and it is safe . . . go for it! If you’re not an engineer and the 50 ton press or the TOS R5 turret lathe is a little bit beyond your comfort zone – it may be wise to pass them by! If you’ve never used a thicknesser or a Dremmel or a drill mill before but you want to learn or give it a try . . . just ask! We all have to start somewhere.
Can I use my membership like a Ski Club?
Yes! Club Wairua can be best seen as a cross between a Ski Club; a Country Club and a Tiny House Community. You may leave your ski gear here either for public use or in private storage. You may come up or down for the weekend or holidays as it suits you by arrangement with the Site Manager. You can even ask other members to do things for you (like switch on the sauna for you early or cook you a warm dinner while you ski) or share your own facilities with family or friends. Remember though that they must also be club members in their own right (if they are over 18 years old) and must demonstrate respect to others, and when necessary “obey the boss”!
When do you open for business?
We opened our doors informally on 20 March 2020 and membership became formal and compulsory on 1 July 2021 when member land use opportunities were made public.
What is the catch, and why is membership so cheap?
There’s no catch! Club Wairua is a social enterprise. This means that we exist to help the community – that’s you! Respect in this day and age is becoming increasingly hard to find as self-interest and greed appear to be ‘having their day’. The owner and founder of Club Wairua is an experienced businessman who believes and says that he has proven many times, if you are generous in your respect for others, that most people will respect you in return. Most of what he has achieved is as the result of his personal generosity, hard work and others who have helped him in return. “Money,” he says, “is self regulating. If members are cold, they will bring a heater next time. If they don’t need it, they will leave it or give it someone else who needs it. If the barrel is empty, then members will work to fill it. Yes, occasionally a thief or a greedy person tries it on but they will soon be asked to leave!”
How do I obtain land and what are the conditions?
Once you are approved as a member, you can speak to the Site Manager and make an offer. This may be a cash offer (e.g. $100.00 per week for land) or you may wish to barter, or use Club Credits, or offer goods/services (or a combination) as it suits you and the Site Manager. You may set the conditions, terms and rules as you and the Site Manager agree. The Site Manager will assess your needs and recommendations in the best interests of the Club to meet your needs. For example, you may wish to build a portable unit with your own labour but our tools; to work/stay on weekends only or perhaps live full-time on site. You may wish to try before you buy and move in for 3 or 6 months then move on, or you may wish to stay semi-permanently thereafter. Your offer may include, for example, development of a community animal farm or to provide specialist services (such as mechanical or electrical services) to other club members, commercially or gratis.
Surely you/we must have to comply with regulations, your rules and so on?
Yes! Our land use is zoned “commercial” at Ruapehu District Council as well as with our landlord i.e. it is not “residential”. Our commercial land use borders properties at Para Street which potentially affects Units 13 [6 & 8 Para St], 21 [10 Para St], 22 & 23 [12 Para St] & 24 [20 Para St]. Compliance with all appropriate legislation is required, but essentially if your land use does not upset neighbours and is commercial and associated with either Club Wairua or the Tiny House Workshop you can do whatever you like. You do not need a building certificate for portables, or Tiny Homes or Houses on Wheels or any building under 20 square metres. The Site Manager does not permit the construction of permanent structures or residential without some commercial activity associated with Club Wairua or TTHW. We really try hard to encourage you, rather than limit you with rules. The boss calls this “lifting you up”, a phrase he says he learned when he lived in Samoa.
So then what are the rules/expectations of Club Members?
We have only two rules:
1. Every Club Member must show respect to other members, and (if necessary)
2. Obey the boss. Each Club Member has their own expectations based on discussions with the Site Manager at the time of joining.
Our motto is “people helping people” so it is to be expected that those with the means to assist others in need will do so. We have found that respect for others requires noise down at 10.00pm and lights out at midnight, and that early risers remain quiet before 7.00am.
What is the “Club Credits” thing?
Fees and other inter-member trading can be accomplished without cash, by way of direct barter or by using the currency “Club Credits”. C$ is an independent floating Mutual Credit currency where members can issue credit to and trade with each other. It is both a digital and a copper token-based currency. Wairua (NZ) Ltd only accepts Internet/cash payments for membership but usually accepts Club Credits as a form of payment for all other Usage Fees. All C$ transactions are taxable in the same manner as cash for GST & Taxation purposes.
A Vaccine Free Zone – really? Please explain.
The Managing Director of Wairua (NZ) Ltd, believes that the current (2020-2021) COVID-19 ‘vaccines’ are fraudulent and have unwelcome or unknown (but probably adverse) side effects including affecting those living in and around people who have been vaccinated. Declaring Club Wairua a Vaccine Free Zone provides a powerful statement of intent – we care about our members enough to enforce basic human rights. Current COVID-19 ‘vaccines’ are not welcome here. Please note that this is NOT a broad anti-vax position and ONLY applies to the current COVID-19 ‘vaccines’. Club Members and their visitors must agree to this position before entry to the communal facilities is granted.