Habitat continues to work in partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri to deliver critical home repairs for Māori whānau across Te Tai Tokerau and Tāmaki Makaurau. This is a unique partnership, where Habitat loans are used in conjunction with Te Puni Kōkiri grants, increasing the amount of funding and reach available.
Works are substantial and focused on improving whānau health and accessibility for the elderly and disabled. The number of whānau we have supported has significantly increased this year and we are proud to be considered a partner of this essential service.
Ngahuia’s family is just one whānau that have accessed this service. Ngahuia is 78 years old, and has lived in her family home all her life. Ngahuia said, “There weren’t any banks willing to give me a loan and because of that I’ve pretty much been sitting on a rotting house. The windows were barely hanging on, some of them were even nailed on. Glass was broken, and that was just the windows. It would have been like that for about 12 years.”
The home repair team were able to transform the home to become warmer, safer and healthier.