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Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Health, Housing |

Help needed to progress our log housing solution

Momentum on Ruapehu Whānau Transformation’s (RWT) Te Whare Āhuru Ki Ruapehu sustainable housing solution is rapidly building.

After a successful semester of testing at Canterbury University, the RWT team are now on the hunt for a couple of local, physically fit people who are willing to travel to Geraldine to learn log house building basics and then bring their knowledge home.

Inspired by a need to find environmental, sustainable housing solutions for the region, RWT’s Implementation Manager Erena Mikaere Most engaged with the University research team earlier this year.

“The rural Ruapehu area has many economic challenges including the lack of affordable, healthy comfortable housing while keeping families health and safety at the forefront of their thinking.

“The district’s un-insulated homes are contributing to health and socioeconomic issues so finding creative solutions is at the heart of Te Whare Āhuru Ki Ruapehu and the log house project was born.”

Following a research visit to the rohe in June, project partners Professor Susan Krumdieck and her final-year Canterbury University mechanical engineering students have spent the last six months fine-tuning their designs.

Now looking towards a prototype build at Ruapehu College next year, the first batch of trees have been felled near Geraldine but help is needed to peel the logs.

“It’s exciting to finally be entering the construction phase,” Ms Mikaere Most said.

“Forty-two Radiata pine logs have been generously donated by a local forester down south and while they’ve been mechanically de-barked, they need peeling ahead of transport to Ohākune.

“Taking a day to complete just one, this is pretty physical work but we we’re wondering whether there are any people who would be interested in travelling down South to do a little mahi.

“While you’d need to be physically fist and have good upper body strength it is a great opportunity to get involved as we work towards breaking ground on the build at the College in the New Year.”

Along with peeling the logs there’s also the opportunity to attend a preliminary log home building course starting at the University on 18 January.

As part of this training, the class will be involved in shaping some of the logs for test build of Te Whare Āhuru Ki Ruapehu prototype.

Anyone interested in getting involved and heading to Geraldine can call Danielle Vaughan on 021 811 670 or email RWT at