Back in 2021!

The Living Wood Fair team has decided to take a break from hosting an event this year so we can concentrate on streamlining our organisation and systems. Creating a truly sustainable event – for our team and our planet – is absolutely imperative.

It is so important to look after our team, they put in many volunteer hours and we know in Golden Bay, as I’m sure in other places as well, many people suffer with volunteer fatigue. It really is the generous time that people give to a community that makes it a wonderful, vibrant place to live and visit, and we are lucky to have so many charitable people living here.

Liv Scott Fair Director

We will be back on the 17th and 18th April 2021 refreshed and revitalised to bring you all your Living Wood Fair favourites and so much more! Woody workshops, informative and inspiring talks, interactive forums, kids activities, a marvelous market, a mosaic of musical delights and many live demonstrations.

If you have something you would like to share through a workshop, a presentation or a demonstration at the 2021 event please get in touch.

We are always looking for volunteers and helpers so if you are interested in being involved send us an email:

Golden Bay School Build Projects

We have a very exciting opportunity here in Golden Bay with 2 local schools having been assigned over $20million from the MoE to rebuild classrooms and update facilities.

This has the potential to be a massive educational experience for our tamariki and also be a strong environmental statement expressing to the wider community, and the whole of New Zealand, our commitment to sustainability and to protecting our children’s futures.

What has this got to do with the Living Wood Fair? I hear you say. Totally coincidentally we had contacted Jerome Partington, Sustainability Manager + Associate Principle at Jasmax and Chair of Living Future, Aotearoa NZ to speak at this years event. When I heard about the funds from MoE I put 2 and 2 together to find we had a fantastic opportunity to hear about a different way of building. A holistic approach that incorporates regenerative development, looking at not just the buildings but all the systems around community, landscape and sustainability. We have the potential to create schools that are future focussed, empower learning and have the students at the heart of the project.

Jerome will be giving 2 talks at the 2019 Living Wood Fair on Saturday 13th April and will be part of the Building Forum on Sunday 14th April. The talks are ‘An introduction to the Living Building Challenge (LBC) as a gateway to living regeneration’ at 11.15am and ‘The Path to Healthy Materials and Healthy People’ at 4pm. For more details please read his bio and presentation descriptions on our Talks page.

Come along and have a great day out with the family – do a workshop, watch some horse logging and chainsaw carving, listen to some live music, maybe be inspired to look at building differently and connect with our wonderful community!