HIVE commemorative book


We're pleased to announce the the launch of a Limited Edition commemorative book about HIVE, New Zealand's first Home Innovation Village which was facilitated by PrefabNZ in response to Canterbury's earthquakes 2010-12.

HIVE Christchurch showcased a range of ten high-quality, sustainable, well-designed prefabricated houses at Canterbury Agricultural Park from April 2012 to November 2014 to show the Cantabrian community that ‘prefab’ is a smart and efficient housing choice. It provided them with a unique opportunity to see, experience and understand the benefits for themselves.

HIVE Christchurch was brought to life through close collaboration with twenty-eight sponsoring partners, providing in-kind, discounted or funding assistance. It wouldn't have been possible without their time, energy and enthusiasm. HIVE CH partners included the Christchurch City Council and key businesses such as Meridian Energy, homestyle magazine, Resene and GIB. Many other partners contributed assistance in-kind which is gratefully acknowledged by PrefabNZ.

Through the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) Summer Scholarship programme, Emelia Atkins worked with PrefabNZ to produce the HIVE commemorative book. Emelia Atkins BArch is a Graduate of VUW and is completing her MArch (Prof). She has documented the background, case studies, outcomes, learning and future ambitions of the project.The reader is able to experience each of the houses through case studies, from the architectural award-winning to the ultra-sustainable.

This book builds on past publications such as 'Kiwi Prefab: prefabricated housing in New Zealand'. It marks an important project at an unforgettable time in New Zealand’s history. Past, present and future all play a part to develop an understanding of prefabrication within New Zealand and how this can be furthered to benefit our country.

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*Housing teams, sponsors and board members receive one copy free, additional copies at Members’ rates.

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