Habitat for Humanity Central North Island has broken ground on the ‘Hands on for Habitat’ project in Ngāruawāhia, which aims to raise funds for Habitat’s home repair programme.
The project involves the build of a new high-quality home in the River Terraces development in Ngāruawāhia, to be auctioned off once complete.
Major sponsors of the project include Anthem Homes, Mitre 10 Mega Hamilton and Lodge Real Estate, alongside many other local sponsors.
These sponsors’ supply chain, expertise and partnerships will be used to keep building costs down and provide maximum return to the Habitat home repair programme.
The programme helps get low-income homeowners back on track by carrying out critical repairs such as insulation, heating, weatherproofing, improving accessibility or replacing a bathroom or kitchen.
The ground-breaking ceremony took place on the house site, with a site blessing followed by Habitat for Humanity Central North Island general manager Nic Greene, Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson and representatives from the three major sponsors officially breaking ground on the home build.
Greene said Habitat for Humanity Central North Island is proud to be leading the project.
“We are looking forward to raising as much money as we can to help us deliver home repairs for low income homeowners in the region.”
Now that the sod has been turned, Anthem Homes will prepare to build the new home, and once complete the house will be marketed by Lodge Real Estate and auctioned at a public event in early to mid-2020, where every cent raised above baseline build and production costs will go to support outcomes for beneficiaries of Habitat’s Home Repair Programme.
Green also invited Waikato tradespeople to contribute to the home build by donating their time and resources, to help maximise the funds raised.