If you’re sold on the idea of building a high-performance home or renovating your existing home to be healthier and more energy-efficient but don’t know where to start, welcome to the online home of Harakeke Consultants.

Harakeke Consultants are independent in every sense of the word.

We’re passionate about and committed to helping people build or renovate their homes to be ecologically responsive.

We offer advice on every aspect of building energy-efficient homes, from foundations to wall panels; different heating resources; solar panels; non-toxic materials; rainwater collection; everything in-between.
Because we’re not associated with anyone in the building or related industries, we can advise and assist our clients every step of the way. Focussing only on what is best for them.
We work only with architects, designers, builders and suppliers who share our passion to make a difference, and are committed to building healthier, energy-efficient homes.

Been there, done that.

As a new immigrant to the country in 2006, Harakeke Consultants founder Claudia Kaltenstadler soon realised that many New Zealand homes were mouldy and unhealthy. She was puzzled by the fact that most Kiwis heat only one room, leaving the rest of the house cold.

Coming from Europe where new and small energy-efficient homes are the norm, Claudia and her family wanted to build a similar home for themselves in New Zealand. Despite having the required deposit Claudia found that they couldn’t get a bank loan because as new immigrants they didn’t have the required 2-year proven bank credit history in New Zealand!

Unaware of a service like SmartMoveNZ which helps people into their own homes without assistance from a bank, Claudia and her family had to put their plans to build their own energy-efficient home on the back burner.

Today the team at Harakeke Consultants helps potential homeowners with advice to build their own energy-efficient homes.

We advocate building smaller homes. People in Europe don’t live in mansions but their new homes are energy-efficient and cosy. Older homes should be upgraded to be more energy-efficient.

Since May 2014 the ‘energy pass’ in Germany has been compulsory – no property can be sold without this certification.

Whether it’s a new or existing home, Claudia and her team share a vision to make a difference by helping people get into healthier, cost-effective homes over a period of three to five years. Visit SmartMoveNZ.co.nz for more information.

Claudia believes in building homes correctly in the first place so that “Homes are efficient and practical, allowing a family to live in it for as long as they want to. Even into old age, minimal alterations or additions to suit changing lifestyles will become necessary”. To find out more, visit our partner Lifemark.co.nz

Leading the way in professional advice

Claudia and the team at Harakeke Consultants have pioneered a discussion group of property professionals and people in related industries. It meets every month to discuss market trends and developments; exchange information and ideas; learn from guests speakers about various topics of benefit to the group as a whole. The group includes builders, architects, suppliers, valuers, developers and Council representatives among others. Banks and real estate agents have also indicated an interest in these discussions.

Harakeke – Synergy for better living

Harakeke is native to New Zealand. A plant of the land for the land. Distinctive. Hardy. Versatile. Also known as ‘flax’ or ‘swamp flax’ it’s found throughout New Zealand. Pollinated by nectar-feeding native birds and honeybees, it flowers annually from October to February.

Of great significance to indigenous people, harakeke was, and still is widely used to weave useful vessels. These days it’s also used to create exciting original works of art.

At Harakeke Consultants we see great synergy between the attributes of this popular native plant and our company. Like harakeke we’re here to stay. We enhance and nurture the environment with practical, energy-efficient homes that will stand the test of time.

Like the versatile flax plant our homes are easy on the eye and ecologically sensitive.

Our vision is to create dwellings that will enrich and enhance the landscape. And add value to the lives of its inhabitants. Just like harakeke.