Club Wairua offers a couple of dozen ‘sections’ to our members for short or long-term use. Land usage for members is subject to our lease renewal 31 May 2022.
Our shared club facilities include a communal kitchen & lounge, communal ablutions (2 toilets, 2 showers, urinal & handbasin), limited bunkrooms (three**), sauna** and two lounges alongside of the Tiny House Workshop.
The ‘sections’ are various sizes and shapes but all are suitable for parking at least one vehicle and one Tiny House (or 40′ container house, large house truck or equivalent). Some already have a container house or sleep out or other solution present. Some are ‘projects currently under way’. Some are bare land all ready with a mowed lawn awaiting your Tiny House (or House Truck) arrival.
Other sections require a digger or similar to prepare for use. Most are in the sun; some have minor shade (to be avoided in Taumarunui). Some are in the open but others tucked out of sight. Some have fruit trees but all will become more secluded as club members put up picket fences and plant small trees. Some have deep soil suitable for growing things while others have more stones or deep Papa sand/rock and are more suitable for vehicle parking up.
The prevailing wind comes from the direction of 14,16 & 20 Para St and the most South Western ‘sections’ are protected by a 3m high stop-bank. The sections 8-12 are closest to and below the railway lines so are not suitable for light sleepers. Water, power and Internet are available from a pole in the centre of the property and it is possible, practical and legal to wire additional services directly to any ‘section’ except 31. Section 13 has the most complex service requirements being under a culvert and over a bridge at the end of Q Road and is currently a market garden.
Robo Crescent is a no exit as it ends at Unit 25 allocated to the Tiny House Workshop, thus unit 24 is the most remote/private with good wind protection.
Our street naming conventions are:
The entire property is formally listed as 2a Para St, Matapuna, 3920.
Each unit is numerical with an optional name of your choosing, thus Writing the Wring is “Writing the Wring Ltd, Unit 1, 2a Para St, Matapuna, Taumarunui, 3920” or in short, “Writing the Wring Ltd, 1/2a Para St”. Unit 6 for example which has a unit number and a name is “[name], Right Point, 6/2a Para St, Taumarunui, 3920”
Prices are negotiable but represent good value at $100.00 – $150.00 per week or equivalent. Remember that club members can do deals with the Site Manager as explained in the FAQ, and that basic commercial use conditions apply. Prospective Club Members seeking permanent living arrangements; residential leases only or land ownership options should please look elsewhere. These ‘sections’ are designed only for club members to use for the purposes of helping others via the Club Wairua concept and/or the Tiny House Workshop.
It is important to realise that legally, all our land use agreements are NOT sub-leases subject to the Property Law Act 2007. As they are actually ‘Land Use Agreements” between Club Wairua (the company) and its members (the companies shareholders) more akin to Shareholder Agreements. They are currently guaranteed for a period equal to the end of our lease, thus upon our renewal in 2022, to 2027 and perhaps 2032 if our existing 5+5 arrangements are rolled over as we have requested.
The following Site Plan shows availability as at 1 July 2021, with units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 25, 26 & 27 already in use. Units 6, 22 & 23 are allocated for specific projects but are available to Club Members to complete the projects. Unit 30 is reserved for the Site Manager and Units 28, 29 & 31 are suitable for animal use. Units 25, 26 are used by the THW and unit 27 is allocated for Club Wairua communal use. Units 7-10 and units 14-20 are available immediately. Units 11,12 & 21 require digger work to prepare for use completely but are available immediately for limited use. Unit 13 (market gardens) requires bridge construction before use but is the best sheltered section. Units 11 & 12 have the best growing soil, in terms of quantity and the four units 11, 12, 14 & 15 have the best soil in terms of richness. Units 5, 17 & 18 have the most solid base material (packed stone) thus are less suitable for planting or growing but are the best for vehicle or hard stand use. Unit 21 has good wind protection, soil and privacy. Unit 13 has the hardest access to facilities being almost ringed by a drain but has good soil. Units 7, 15, 16 & 17 have the easiest access to power and water. Sewage is only available by way of dump station or communal ablution facilities in the clubhouse – 2 toilets & 2 showers. Unit 10 has a digging restriction on the Western border with the Internet cable shallow buried and the Club has commercial services of 3-phase power, mains sewer, commercial water supply and fibre/cabled/WIFI Internet. The sewer and 3 phase power stops at the clubhouse proper and both are unlikely to ever extend past this point.
Matapuna is a suburb 3km south of Taumarunui which is a typical North Island rural town. It was originally a timber, river tourism and railways town that became a farming service centre. It is a ‘second-best’ solution for many people, a little far from Mt Ruapehu to be classified as “ski” anything but in reality only a short drive to the snow for those from Hamilton of Auckland. Land & property prices have been depressed for decades but have lifted recently with out-of-towners now buying up in droves.
Absentee landlords and Auckland yupees wanting to pick up a bargain have pushed prices up and locals secretly resent this development. Established businesses ‘know how to charge’, so most who are able do their primary shopping elsewhere. People born here and who have lived their life here often have the dreaded ‘small-town-mentality’ but increasingly outsiders are brightening the place up.
Health care is limited as are most other services but recognising the value of cheap accommodation it suits many who want to opt out – beneficiaries, the aged or the self-employed, and we are prepared to travel to get the service we seek. Taumarunui is known for its morning Winter fog and overnight frost as it is quite a sheltered town with hills on the North, South and West – it misses many of the storms. It can also therefore get quite hot during a summer day.
Matapuna is a major Maori residential area, with variable experiences for newcomers. As always, you get what you give and security in Club Wairua is generally pretty tight – good support from the locals and plenty of security cameras. The word has now gotten out that this place is OOB* to crooks, crims & crazies and with increasing numbers of club members and a permanently locked gate we appear to be fine. Small town local knowledge also generally gives our members and guests a safe and pleasant experience. Most Taumarunui properties like ours are close to the railway, (it is a railway town after all) thus we have the sound of trains through the day AND night. We all get used to it though and after a while it doesn’t bother us.
If you are looking for a fully gated community where you expect four or five-star service, please look elsewhere. If you want a mix of your own space but the benefits of community and cheap, or trading, bartering or alternative, please feel free to contact us. If you want to smoke drugs, get all spaced out and chill with wackos and weirdos or try to save the world because of [whatever] please don’t waste your time here, but if you want an opportunity to get started, or to downsize and you want to help others and be helped, look us up, by all means.
The [almost] last word goes to a happy punter (yes there are some of the other kind too!) but they seem to have gotten to the essence of living here:
While the boss can be a character at times, he’s actually a pretty good guy. He doesn’t muck about and shoots pretty straight so at least we all know where we stand!
To recap and summarise then . . . Club Wairua is not your regular Tiny House Community. We do not ‘just lease land for cash’ to make a profit. We are a private club that is designed to create an enjoyable living experience for those who want to help others, and who may need help in return.
If you think that’s you, and you think that you need an opportunity to break out of the city, or that you need a leg up, or that you’re wasting your life and your skills when you want to share them, give us a call or drop us a note. There’s no hurry on our part but these units will not sit around empty forever!
* out of bounds
** In development