Finance completed and studying towards a degree

Mother of six, Donna Munroe tells how having a secure place to call home has changed their lives: “Owning our home has been really awesome. Before going to Habitat, we lived in Housing NZ properties all our lives. We were eager to own our own home but it was always out of reach. We were thrilled with the opportunity to own our own home.

It is amazing what we have been able to achieve since moving in. I went back to study and graduated with a Bachelor in Business Degree and am now working towards a Masters in Professional Accounting. Although this has been very challenging for me, having supportive family, friends and a secure home has helped me along this journey. My husband has had a change of career as well and is now an engineering tutor at Weltec, teaching Trades Academy and inmates at Rimutaka Prison, which he finds rewarding.

Our children have a brighter future ahead of them, knowing they have a strong foundation and a place to call home. Going back to the bank this time was really exciting, knowing we would be approved finance for the house we helped build at an amount we could afford. We will be forever grateful to Habitat and all the volunteers who came from near and far to help us on our build. Aroha Mai Aroha Atu (Love toward us, Love going out from us)