Have you heard the news? The New Zealand Tiny House Association has officially been formed, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Planning and building regulations for Tiny Houses in New Zealand fall in a contested grey area, and vary significantly across different regions. This creates confusion and frustration for both the NZ Tiny House Community, regulators, and commercial builders like us.
The New Zealand Tiny House Association has been formed to assist planners, policy makers and the wider community to better understand the emerging Tiny House movement within New Zealand and explore the movements potential to contribute to greater choice in housing supply and diversity.
Check out this short video created for the launch:
Build Tiny Ltd, plans to support the organisation, and has signed up for a commercial membership. Also two of our three directors; Gina and Ian, are founding members of the group. As a business it will help us better inform our clients in the future, and even have a say in what changes might be to come. There is a range of different membership options which start at only $30 per year. We really encourage all supporters of the tiny house movement to join as members, to bolster the collective voice of the community.
Once you have joined you will have access to an ever growing collection of resource documents and advice from others in the movement/industry. You can take it a step further and also get involved by joining one of the volunteer working groups. It's a wonderful way to be active and help steer the movement in the right direction. It is also a great way for members to assist the association’s work and needs. Working groups typically meet monthly via video chat or group chat, depending upon board or agency initiatives, activities or events. Consider joining one of the following working groups:
Voluntary Standards Working Group
This group will be focusing on setting voluntary building and safety standards for Tiny Houses and Tiny Houses on Wheels.
Lobby Government Working Group
This group will be focusing on a clear path the Association needs to take to lobby government, and steps we need to take in the short, medium, and long term to achieve this.
Resources Working Group
This group will be focusing on resources the Association can publish to assist individuals who are currently applying for resource consent with councils, and also updating the member resources area with useful and up-to-date information for members.
Here is a link to the NZTHA's Facebook page so you can keep informed and learn more about how they can help you.