Waikato students to build home during O’week

Feb 16, 2015

A deserving Waikato family will have a new four-bedroom home at the end of O’Week thanks to staff and students from the University of Waikato, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity Central North Island and the university are calling for volunteers to take part in an eight-day blitz build on campus, beginning 25 February. When completed, the home will be moved to its final site in Tirau.

Waikato University Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley said it’s a chance for the university community to work together for a great cause.

“It’s an opportunity, particularly for new students, to add to their on-campus experience and meet new people during O’Week,” he said.

And Habitat Central North Island general manager Nic Greene said teaming up with the university for the build “just made sense.”

“It’s an excellent opportunity for students and staff to start their year by making a real difference for a family that deserves their chance at home ownership.”

“We’re looking forward to having lots of volunteer registrations – I really encourage people to get in quick to reserve their spot on the tools.”

Volunteers can register through the Habitat website for a three-hour building shift, with all supervision provided by the charity.

The building site will be next to the university’s Gate 2B, Knighton Road, Hamilton. The four-bedroom house will span 105 square metres, and will be pre-fabricated with tri-panel – one of the most efficient ways to build.

Building will start on Wednesday 25 February and finish on Friday 6 March at the end of O’Week.

Register to take part in the build.

Read more about Habitat for Humanity’s assisted home ownership programme,

Media contact:

  • Habitat for Humanity Central North Island – Communications manager Tracey Cameron, [email protected], 07 849 0284
  • University of Waikato – Communications adviser Melody Downs, [email protected], 07 838 4094