“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