Building Strength, Stability & Independence, through shelter

People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home.

With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their whanau.

We do this through three major programmes, and other housing interventions, working towards a world where every one has a decent place to live.

Progressive Home Ownership

Habitat has been helping New Zealanders with a hand up, not a hand-out in to home ownership for more than 25 years.

Progressive Home Ownership is a rent-to-buy system, with a strong emphasis on partnership with Habitat. This is for low to mid-income whanau who otherwise wouldn’t be able to achieve home ownership without some support.

Whanau are selected because of their clear and obvious housing need, a strong demonstration of a willingness to partner with Habitat, and their potential to successfully make a shift to home ownership.

Becoming a Habitat homeowner takes up to 10 years, begins with a rental phase, and involves the input of ‘sweat equity’ – 500 hours of a family’s own time dedicated to housing and finance-related education and mahi. And Habitat is there to support each whanau through life’s ups and downs,

Home Repair

Habitat’s Home Repair Programme is an affordable, no-interest solution for low income homeowners to achieve critical maintenance and essential repairs or renovations.

Our Habitat tradespeople and trusted contractors assess and carry out the work, and homeowners pay us back at no interest, over up to five years. Home repair issues related to weathertightness, insulation, heating and cooling, safety and accessibility are a priority.

Home Repair is available in the North Island of New Zealand only. Habitat for Humanity Home Repair is supported by Bank of New Zealand.




Rental, Habitat Curtain Bank, and other housing solutions

Habitat for Humanity is a Community Housing Provider that responds to communities across Aotearoa with unique solutions. Some of these are region-specific.

  • Habitat Curtain Bank. Offering low-income Auckland whanau free double-lined, full length curtains for their homes. Learn more
  • Social rental. Providing a decent place to live for families and individuals in regions of the Central North Island and Nelson. Contact Habitat Central or Habitat Nelson to talk about rental vacancies or, for landlords, opportunities to have Habitat manage your rental property.
  • Advice and advocacy. Habitat understands the housing sector in New Zealand, and is pleased to help other individuals or organisations get their ideas off the ground. Reach out to your local Habitat office if you’d like to talk something through.



A world where every one has a decent place to live

Habitat for Humanity has a strong legacy of responding to where the need is greatest, including in nations of the Pacific and further overseas, in places such as Nepal, countries of South East Asia and South America.

This includes responding to natural disasters, particularly in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu. We work to deliver cyclone resilience education, help communities gain self-reliance with specific construction techniques, and educate on disaster preparedness. This work is supported by the New Zealand Government.

Global Village

Habitat’s flagship international volunteering programme Global Village is on hold, due to Covid-19 restrictions on travel. Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive, and Habitat strongly believes that no one lives in dignity, until everyone can live in dignity.

With this in mind, we’re looking forward to the time when we can once again work alongside future homeowners in all communities of the world. In the meantime, you can still help support families in places where Habitat is active.

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