Future Living Skills in New Zealand


The Sustainable Living programme is a practical, fun way to learn and use actions to reduce your environmental impacts at home. It’s an opportunity in New Zealand to 'make a difference for the planet', to live a healthier lifestyle and save a little on everyday living costs.

Lesley (pictured here) attended a Sustainable Living course in Christchurch because she and her husband sought a better future for her son and baby daughter, who will grow up in a world of more-limited resources and a warmer climate. "Being a parent makes you think much more about future challenges than you did as teenager."

Our learners are aware that climate change and resource depletion is real and that a wise response is urgent.

In 2014 we have re-designed the programme to better suit an internet-savvy public, and we no longer rely just on tutor-taught evening courses, although they are warmly recommended where available (e.g. Dunedin, Hutt City, Geraldine - check 'Where are the courses' page). You can use Sustainable Living now in your own learning group on future living skills, which could be home-based with neighbours, at a community venue or in the workplace. Take the new learner preferences quiz here.

From the learning guides, you will develop future living skills, such as what would make your house a healthier, drier and warmer home and how you can reduce waste going to landfill. Other topics to explore are: lower-carbon transport options, organic food growing, water saving, avoiding toxic chemicals, food shopping and preserving tips, reducing your power bill and environmental footprints, eco-building design or house renovation suggestions and finally community resilience - which is about more than being disaster ready. All are examined with a practical focus, and independent of commercial bias. We have spent over ten years and assembled an expertise developing the programme, assisted by local government.

Where your local Council is a subscriber, their support allows you, as a district resident, to register and then download our learning guides free.  Jump to district or city's gateway page on this site now to get access. If you find it's not yet a subscriber, we do offer some basic information free on our pages about living more sustainably in NZ. 

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