in May, William Reihana and Tahlia Te Pairi and their six children were the 11th family in Gisborne to move into a Habitat for Humanity house. The house means a lot to the family who has been living in an old, damp rental home with rotten window frames, affecting the family’s health.

“Year round our children were sick, one after the other catches the flu.” Mother Tahlia said. “In winter we moved our beds into the lounge every day, because this is the only warm space in the house. Moving into this brand new home means less sickness, less doctor visits and less school absences, basically a better future.”