Organiser and tiny home owner Sharla May says: “The tiny house scene in New Zealand is gaining momentum as people choose living tiny over living in houses most people can no longer afford.
“Tiny living is definitely appealing to a wide audience. It’s becoming popular with young people trying to start out in their first home; people in their 40s fed up with the demands of the rat race; and anyone who simply wants to live lighter on the planet.
“So we’re really excited to take the conference to Auckland where you see some of the least affordable housing and the biggest reasons to seek alternatives to the current model of saddling yourself with decades of debt.”
The national conference is the only event of its kind in New Zealand, says Sharla.
“This is the third time we’ve held the conference, with each year getting bigger and better. In the Wairarapa last year, we brought together an eclectic range of speakers. We’ll do the same again this year, but we’ll have a few more added to the line-up. Some speakers have hands-on building experience. Others are designers and builders who specialise in tiny house builds. Others specialise in homes built from containers or yurts or homes that exist totally off-grid.
The one-day conference also gives attendees time to talk directly to speakers and see a range of tiny houses and other exhibits on display.
Sharla, who tours New Zealand in her second tiny build, says she’s designed the conference to be inspirational and educational.
“I want people to come away with ideas and inspiration about how they might bring an idea to life, but to also learn how to do it. Our conference covers everything from managing and costing your build project to working out the best solar heating system for your tiny bathroom.”
“It is exciting to see Kiwis take up tiny house living – we’re part of a global trend that’s thumbing its nose at today’s housing model. We all know there has to be another more affordable, inspiring way. For some of us, tiny living is the best viable alternative.”
WHERE: Te Puru Community Centre, Beachlands, Auckland
WHEN: Saturday 27 April 2019
COST: Early-bird rate, $119.00 per person; General ticket rate, $139.00pp
MORE INFORMATION: www.tinyhouseconference.nz or contact conference organiser Sharla May on 022-362 9187 or at [email protected]