Farewell to the old school yard

Lily Napier (5), of Dunedin, completes an obstacle course at an open day to farewell the former High St School site in High St, Dunedin, yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Lily Napier (5), of Dunedin, completes an obstacle course at an open day to farewell the former High St School site in High St, Dunedin, yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Hundreds of people visited the former High St School site in Dunedin yesterday for a final farewell and to learn about co-housing.

Construction of Dunedin's first co-housing community, which will accommodate about 60 people, will begin at the site in August.

High St co-houser and open day co-ordinator Jan Burch said 22 of the 24 passivhaus units at the site had been bought and yesterday there was lots of interest in the remaining two.

The open day was an opportunity to demystify co-housing, which some considered an option only for the elderly or eccentric, she said.

''It is simply for people who want to share a meal together every now and then.''

About 280 children plus their families attended the event, which offered obstacle courses, a bouncy castle, virtual reality headsets and toys from the Mornington Toy Library to play with.

Ms Burch said the organisers were so busy they forgot to tell Kaitaki Norman-Pere she had won the teddy bear of the day.

The co-housing facility would open in 2019.

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