How we continue to pursue our mission during COVID-19

Mar 25, 2020

During this uncertain time of social distancing and COVID-19, Habitat for Humanity New Zealand remain hard at work to pursue our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Following the advice and guidance of public health officials to keep our volunteers and the families we serve safe, we have paused our Global Village programme and any other activities involving international or domestic travel. We have exchanged our hammers for headsets, so we can continue the important work we do in a variety of other equally crucial ways.

For example:

  • We will continue to use our voice to advocate for affordable housing in Aotearoa, bringing awareness to the important role that housing plays in health, education, and stability. In sustaining Habitat’s work of building alongside families, we will continue to work with our wider network, as we know that in these uncertain coming months our collective advocacy will play a key role in ensuring homeowners and community residents across Aotearoa have the support they need.
  • All HFHNZ staff are now working remotely, taking care of immediate business needs in light of unfolding events, while also maintaining our momentum on longer-term efforts and projects. We continue to connect virtually for meetings, planning sessions and trainings within Habitat and with our partners and other organisations with which we work closely.
  • Our social media channels and website will continue to updated, and we will continue to celebrate our work here in New Zealand, and the work of the wider global community that is Habitat for Humanity. As a global organisation, we have known the determination and commitment of families, volunteers and supporters for more than 40 years. This important fuel for our mission feeds us now more than ever. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. You are sure to be inspired and will learn of additional calls to action.

“The future is never promised, although it often can easily feel that way when things are going according to plan. May the turbulence of these days bind us to each other and to our shared mission, which is more important now than it ever has been. Together, we are better. Together, we will get through this. And together, we will build back.”  – Habitat for Humanity International