POPUA, TONGA – With the rainy season approaching, Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the first of many cyclone-resistant homes built in Tonga today, together with homeowners the Taufa family, and project partners the Kingdom of Tonga, Tonga Development Bank and Caritas Tonga.
E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga karangaranga maha,
Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa
I would like to begin by acknowledging God, the Tainui whenua where we stand today, and Kingii Tuheitia. I acknowledge Te Puea Marae, and the dignitaries who have invited us here to discuss the important kaupapa of homelessness. I would particularly like to acknowledge Phil Twyford, Marama Fox, Marama Davidson and their colleagues. I also acknowledge our roopu who stand with me, who care passionately about creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
A delegation led by Habitat for Humanity NZ CEO Claire Szabó and Director Selwyn Screen this morning presented a submission to the cross-party parliamentary inquiry on homelessness this morning. Below is included the Habitat for Humanity NZ written submission to the cross-party inquiry submitted earlier this month.
Habitat for Humanity New Zealand has today met with Labour Leader Andrew Little to share ideas about housing in New Zealand. This follows a recent announcement that the charity is building 100 cyclone-resistant homes in the Pacific.