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"Rebuilding Connection - Community and Sustainability", Article by Robin Allison on Community, Earthsong and China on the Cuppa Tea Blog, Dec 2013.


Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood: Rebuilding Community within the City" Article by Robin Allison for Communities Magazine, Fall 2012.


"Robin Allison: For Earth and Neighbourhood". Chapter 19 of "How Communities Heal: Stories of Social Innovation and Social Change" by vivian Hutchinson and the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, December 2011.Whole Book free PDF download.

"Earthsong: A Vision Comes to Fruition", featured in "Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large Scale World" by Ross Chapin, The Taunton Press, USA 2011. ISBN 978-1-60085-107-0


National Radio "Ideas" programme with Chris Laidlaw. "Cohousing" - Interview with Robin Allison. (29 August)


Finalist in World Habitat Awards 2009 (see box)

Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood (Organic NZ, July/August)

Eco-town is where happiness blossoms (New Zealand Herald, 16 February)


Urban Nature (MindFood magazine, 5 December)

A place to belong (Canvas, New Zealand Herald, 30 August)

The Green Neighbourhood (NZ Life and Leisure, July/August)


Homing Instincts (AA Directions, Spring)


Winner of the 2005 Auckland Regional Council Environment Awards in the category of Property Sector Urban Design

Finalist in the Year of the Built Environment Awards 2005 by the New Zealand Institute of Architects

Cohousing - an alternative retirement option (The New Zealand Retirement Guide, 6)


Waitakere Backs Eco Village (New Zealand Herald, 9 December)

Earthsong (Progressive Building, August/September)

Eco Village Opens Its Doors (Western Leader, 11 June)

Swales at Earthsong (Landscape New Zealand, March/April)

All Together Now (Next magazine, February)


Good Neighbours (EnergyWise News, November)

The ways and wonder of WATER (Organic NZ, August) **

Eco Neighbourhood Poised to move to Higher Level (Western Leader, 17 July) **

Happy Families (Home and Garden, February) **

Ecopads (Lifestyle, January) **


Creating our future: Sustainable development for New Zealand (Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, June) **

Eco-neighbourhood flourishes in its Ranui setting (Western Leader, 2 April) **

From Dream to Reality (Landscape New Zealand, March/April)

Sustainable Housing: The Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood Development (New Zealand Environment, 8 February)

What a Difference a year Makes ... at Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood (EcoLiving New Zealand)


The Green Life (New Zealand Herald 24 November) **

An Old Fashioned Neighbourhood in a Modern Environment (NZ Building News, August)

Eco-Neighbourhood with shared values (New Zealand Herald, 5 June 2001) **

The Grass is Greener on the Eco-Neighbourhood Side (West Weekly, 16 May)

Eco-friendly neighbourhood takes shape (Western Leader, 8 May) **

Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood - Groundbreaking (EcoLiving New Zealand, March)

Cohousing for Social Sustainability (EcoLiving New Zealand)

First Homes Completed at Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood (EcoLiving Magazine)

Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood - The Ultimate in Urban Sustainable Living (EcoLiving New Zealand)


At Home on the Earth (EnergyWise News, December)

Eco-neighbourhood for Ranui (West Weekly, 5 April) **

Pioneers follow eco-dream west (New Zealand Herald, 24 March) **


Co-housing village a first for NZ (Waitakere Week, 29 September) **

Building their own neighbourhood (East and Bays Courier, 12 May)

Eco-neighbourhood project moves ahead (Western Leader, 29 April) **

Vision to love thy neighbour (New Zealand Herald, 13 February) **


An Old-Fashioned Neighbourhood for the 21st Century (Soil and Health Magazine, March/April)

Cohousing gets it together (New Zealand Herald, 12 February) **

Co-housing villages provide community (Western Leader, 7 February) **