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The $11 million private development built on the site of the former High Street Primary School is home to 47 residents from pre-school age to their 80s.
The residents occupy 24 units thoughtfully built to an energy-efficient passive-house standard.
The project is the country’s second completed cohousing scheme.
Three of the housing units are in a converted school building, which has also been fitted out with a common living and dining area, workshop and guest rooms.
There are several shared electric vehicle charging points, a laundry, sauna, gardens and a large grass area.
Representatives of Ngai Tahu and Mr Hawkins joined in the opening event with a blessing and tree-planting.