In 2015 Gus and Sarah Anning-Rowe built a ‘global model’ earthship in New Zealand, in the space of less than one year – an amazing achievement. The building is built on 2.5 acres of family land in the Puketui Valley on the Coromandel Peninsula and was featured on NZ Grand Designs in October 2015. For more about their story see http://www.theearthship.co.nz/the-dream/ and their Earthship Te Timatanga facebook page To contact Gus and Sarah with specific questions about their build contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gus and Sarah obtained a building consent from Thames – Coromandel District Council using the owner-builder exemption. Under these rules they were allowed to carry out Restricted Building Work with the help of unpaid friends and family members.
THE BUILDING CREW ON THIS PROJECT
Ben Garratt – Our FOREMAN for this project! Ben is a builder and electrician, currently residing in Canada with his wife and 2 beautiful children. Ben has been through the Taos academy and the Adelaide Earthship build, as well as having 15 years of building experience.
Justin Dudley– Our experienced Earthship Biotecture carpenter – living in Taos New Mexico and has worked on Michael Reynolds crew for more than 5 years. Justin has built in different countries and environments, from small simple builds to high end Global model Earthships.
Sean Bozkyvich is another Earthship Academy grad with another 7 builds under his belt including builds in USA, Canada, Australia and NZ. His skills range from steel work, concrete, carpentry and fitting together the systems into the building.
Rosa Henderson was the first person to bring Michael Reynolds to NZ (in 2013) for the Christchurch seminars and build. She has also been through the academy and internship, and built with Earthship Biotecture in Guatemala, USA, Malawi and Phillipines. Since then, she has built in Australia and NZ, and also works with cob and mudbrick buildings. She is also your intern manager for this event!
Brenton Stockman is our last addition to the team, a kiwi builder with 8 years experience in hi end reno but has promised to never build another square box, after building the Earthship in Dunedin.