Turanga Farm is 58.51 hectares (145 acres) of rolling rural land in Whitford, rural southeast Auckland towards the Firth of Thames, a forty minute drive from Auckland CBD. Eighteen house lots, ranging in size from 1,000 to 1,800m², will be clustered close together on a gentle north-facing slope at the centre of the farm, along with a community house. These will be surrounded by gardens and food forests, laid out according to permaculture zoning. Apart from the house lots, all land is held in common, and contains pasture, plantations and native bush. About 40% of the land is presently regenerating native bush, and we aim to increase the bush to about 25 ha. There is sealed road access to all but two of the lots, and other metalled vehicle tracks loop through the farm. We aim to keep the farm pedestrian-friendly, with lots of walking tracks. We have many mature trees, and have planted many thousand young natives, including over 600 kauri in one gully.
We are working hard at weed control in a number of areas, and while we aim to become fully organic we are still using some chemical herbicides, trying to limit their use especially in areas destined for food production.
The farm’s founding members have for 14 years been learning how to farm organically (as members of Organic Farm New Zealand). Currently we run beef cattle and a flock of sheep. We aim to produce our own fruit, vegetables, grains, meat, milk and eggs. We have good supplies of water on site, including farm ponds, a perennial stream and potable bore water. We plan to process our effluent onsite by organic means, through communal reed beds.
House sites range from 1000 to 1200 square metres each, with freehold title. Purchase of a house site brings with it a joint share in the farm as a whole, including plantings, common house and facilities, stock and machinery.
We have built the first communal reed bed waste water system in New Zealand.