Local Success Stories
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Doug and Laura
The Pendergrast family buy a home through Progressive Home Ownership.Learn More
Jesse and Sherradon
A new home for the Kennedy family in Ngaruawahia.Learn More
“This is an exciting time for the Kennedy’s, and while it might seem like the end of a journey for them to move in, their home ownership story and the ‘hard work’ is just beginning.”Greene said the programme’s selection process was “stringent”, and focused on a family’s “willingness to partner, potential to succeed and existing housing need.”
“We are very much looking forward to celebrating more successes with the Kennedy’s as we walk alongside them through this journey, and I have no doubt they will thrive as future homeowners.”
Habitat for Humanity Central partnered with a Rotorua family to build a new home.Learn More
“I received the call to say that I qualified for a house and I actually dropped to my knees.”With the help of family, friends and over 100 volunteers, Tammy’s family home was built in Rotorua in November 2012 as part of a six day blitz build. The home was dedicated to Tammy and her family in 2013.
“A home to me is about identity, and a place to make memories. When I was young and worrying about a pair of shoes, and worrying about meals at the table – now the kids don’t need to worry about things like that. I have something to leave for my children. I couldn’t say that before. This is home and no one is ever going to buy this, and the children know it’s never going to be sold because they all have their hands to this and they’ve built it.”
Tammy's Journey to Home Ownership
Housing availability in New Zealand is currently at its lowest level in 65 years. Like so many Kiwi families, Tammy Ngawhika Hutchins saw home ownership as a pipe dream. Tammy partnered with Habitat through our Progressive Home Ownership scheme, and with the help of family, friends, and over 100 volunteers, her family home was built in Rotorua in 2012. "I would say to anybody experiencing housing need or who has a desire to own their own home, to go see what's available in the community […] I do believe there is no greater person or agency to connect with than Habitat."Posted by Habitat for Humanity New Zealand on Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Habitat Auckland partnered with Sanjida, assisting with a pathway into home ownership.Learn More
“The children and I found ourselves homeless. We applied for private rentals, but even though I had good credit and good payment history we couldn’t break back into the market.”Her family had no option but to move into a friend’s home, the four of them all sharing one bedroom.
“Although I was so grateful, the room was cold and had a broken window. I was losing my independence. I felt lost. It’s never a nice feeling to have to rely on someone else. I felt like I wasn’t providing the basic necessities of a safe home and shelter for my children.”Sanjida heard about Habitat for Humanity through one of her friends and got in touch. “I was amazed when I got accepted. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would own a home. Now It’s what I strive for.” After moving into her home in 2015, Sanjida is over half-way through her home ownership journey with Habitat. Sanjida’s story has much in common with many of Habitat’s partner families. Families who just need a hand up into their own home, and who want to provide the security and stability that a place to call home can bring for generations.
Home renovations completed by Habitat Nelson gave Rebekah a suitable home to live in.Learn More
Repairs completed by Habitat Christchurch transformed Yvonne's home.Learn More
“The roof leaked. The paint on the walls was coming away. The house was extremely cold. The bathroom was covered in mould and the floor was beginning to rot. And we had rats. I was upset for myself. I was upset for my children. I was also quite despairing about the fact that there was nothing I could do about it. I got very good at strategically putting furniture in place so you couldn’t see the damage, but it wasn’t enough. I was inviting people over less and less, to the point where I stopped all together. I’m a sociable person so that was very isolating. To bring myself to say “I need some help, can you help me?” was the hardest thing to do. I’d never shown anybody the extent of the conditions I was living in. When Bridget from Habitat visited and asked “what do you need?” I almost didn’t know where to begin. I expected to be rebuffed, but everything I showed her she said, “I can see that.” She filled me with hope, and she didn’t for one second make me feel like it was my fault. It was a relief to know that someone was on my side. When the work started, initially I felt displaced. It was like having a swarm of bees all around my home. Seeing all these people I didn’t know pull my house apart made me feel like I was being deconstructed. It’s like losing a part of yourself; even though you know it wasn’t good, it’s still you. But there was trust. Habitat and Buildtech gave me such support and were so caring that I felt safe in their hands. The funny thing is that once I opened up about the help I needed, others began to offer support too. Some people didn’t even know me, but they swarmed my house because they were part of the bigger picture. You call It ‘A Brush with Kindness’ and that really is what it is. The overwhelming feeling is kindness. That was the beauty of it all. I love my house now. It’s so beautiful. I love having family and friends over. I feel like a burden has been lifted. I feel a lot freer to be myself and I have so much more energy – I want to make it even more beautiful. I also want to pass on the generosity to help others in any way I can. I feel so grateful to Habitat and Home (formerly Buildtech) and everyone else who gave me this incredible gift. I think people should never feel they are undeserving. Everybody needs a helping hand some time or another. People shouldn’t be afraid to voice what they need. Don’t hide it. Don’t stay where you are. When you are brave enough to admit you need help, you’ll be amazed at the kindness that follows.”We are so grateful to Yvonne for sharing her story. Unfortunately, there are many more families in Christchurch whose houses are in very poor condition, putting the health and security of the parents and children at risk. If you are in a position to help, please donate today.