Get Expert Advice From Those Who’ve Been There

Our speakers are a mixed bunch, some live in tiny houses full time, some have self built others bought turn key ready. Others have a wealth of knowledge on living off-grid, downsizing, and living a life on the road. What does that mean for you? They can share real world experience from hard won lessons because they’ve been there. Learn during in depth sessions and connect with speakers to answer all your questions.

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Lisa has been living in her campervan for about 2 ½ years. She will talk about how and why she made the decision to walk away from full-time work and city life in Auckland, what life has been like since, lessons she has learned and what tips she would give others wanting to escape the rat-race.

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Vanlifer, Author, Digital Nomad



Deciding to rebel against living a "normal" life and instead lead a life of adventure and experiences, Sharla kicked her traditional lifestyle to the curb leaving the house and business behind. Living by the saying that girls can do anything, and with a limited budget Sharla decided DIY building was the only way she could afford her own tiny house. A bit like little red riding hood the first tiny house wasn't easy to move and didn’t quite fit so it was back to the drawing board. She then decided a house bus was the next build which would allow her to the flexibility to travel fulltime. Sharla will also talk about how to earn a living while travelling. Tips she has learned during this whole process, and what life on the road is really like. Sharla also is the conference manager of this event, and one of the driving forces behind the New Zealand Tiny House Association. Sharla's housebus will be on display at the conference.

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Conference Manager, NZ Tiny House Association Secretary, Freelancer 



Planning to build a tiny house for several years Ryan and Ziski finally decided to take the plunge and put pen to paper to start the design phase of their tiny house build. 

At the beginning of 2019 they attended a workshop that accelerated their tiny house project to a point that they felt comfortable ordering a trailer and turning their design into reality. 

Ryan and Ziski will be speaking about their research and design process, how they got started, finding a place to build, and some lessons learnt during their build. 

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DIY Tiny House Builders


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A few years ago, Lucy her husband Tim and their daughters Ramon and Juno packed up their lives in South London, UK and travelled around Europe in a campervan. They eventually headed back to NZ, where Lucy and Tim first met, and now live off grid, in a yurt, in a forest at the bottom of the Coromandel. Lucy will share their story of getting back to the land.

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Writer, Activist, Coach



Check back soon to find out who our final two speakers are.

Speaker Nine 



Founder of Landshare, DIY tiny house builder, spokesperson for the NZTHA, and sustainability Enthusiast, Nathan Orr, will be joining us to cover what is happening in the regulatory environment. He will cover how existing pieces of legislation, and changes to this regulatory landscape, might affect you as a tiny home owner.

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NZ Tiny House Association & Land Share Founder


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Jackie Norman and Gareth Scurr have been living on the road full time for four years, after ditching debt and a mortgage and selling up their suburban home in Whangamata to travel NZ in a camper van named Ken.  Readers of 'Motorhomes, Caravans & Destinations' magazine will be familiar with Jackie and Gareth from their monthly column.  Jackie's first book, 'My Van, My Castle', documenting their travels was released in 2019 and the couple have just written a minimalist cookbook together, due for release in April.  In their talk, 'Hopes and Fears', they will be sharing some of the many fears they had before taking the plunge as 'not-yet-grey-nomads', and why fear shouldn't stop people from following their dream. 

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Jackie - Freelance Writer & Author, Gareth Photographer & Film Maker


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Robin Allison ran her own sustainable architecture practise for many years before founding Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, the innovative 32-home cohousing neighbourhood in west Auckland. Earthsong demonstrates leading-edge sustainable design with intensive community involvement, and as the Development Coordinator Robin guided the entire development and construction phase. She now writes, teaches and consults around New Zealand to inspire and support thriving connected communities. Robin will share some of the key structures that have contributed to the success of Earthsong, and which will help inform the creation of other successful communities.

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Earthsong Founder



Chris's Biography is on it's way, check back soon.

Tiny House Builder



Check back soon to find out who our final two speakers are.

Speaker Ten



NZ Tiny House & Alternative Living Conference 


23 May, 2020


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