Local Success Stories
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Karen and Richard
Karen and Richard find strength and stability for their whanau through Habitat's Progressive Home Ownership ProgrammeLearn More
Ning Ching Story
From cold, damp rentals to a warm, dry and affordable home.Learn More
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 Northern 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.