We have a “stepping-in” process for people who want to get to know more about the High Street Cohousing project, with a view to purchasing a unit and moving in.

  • Find out more about cohousing as a concept and our project in particular. Read the Cohousing book, and talk to people who are part of the project. [Contact Us]
  • Attend an induction workshop (held every couple of months)
  • Pay $100 to join Urban Cohousing Otepoti Ltd (UCOL), the company developing the project
  • Come to our regular meetings, to get to know your future neighbours and to help shape the development through planning and building
  • Obtain finance approval from banker/mortgage broker, submitting a letter from mortgage broker to UCOL Directors.
  • Agree to a police background check and/or supply names of referees to Directors
  • Pay minimum non-refundable loan advance of $5000 to become a member of Urban Cohousing Otepoti Ltd, and sign the Introduction to the Organising Agreement
  • Pay a minimum 20% of purchase price as loan to UCOL, to fulfil bank requirement, and produce documents to show your ability to follow through on Sale and Purchase Agreement.
  • Sign Sale and Purchase Agreement for chosen unit, and other documents as required
  • Ensure a Will as in place, and Enduring Power of Attorney (if not in a partnership where automatic rights are given to another partner)

    • Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett (2011)
    • High Street Cohousing Project, Information Booklet, UCOL March 2015
    • Websites:,


    We meet every two weeks to make decisions about the ongoing design and development of the project. Being part of the decision-making is a key part of the Cohousing concept – we are designing our neighbourhood and our future together.


    Decisions are made by consensus, using a ‘coloured card’ process which allows people’s questions to be discussed, information to be given, and opinions to be heard.