Families' dreams of homes coming true

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 28/01/2014
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ROBERT CHARLES
Noel Kingi of Waitara was found elbow deep in saw dust helping Habitat for Humanity build homes for Waitara families.

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Rising out of the bare earth are the dream homes for two Waitara families.

Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organisation, is in its second week of a three-month build, helping the families realise their dreams of owning their own homes.

Chairman Malcolm Pearce said it was about providing homes for people who otherwise would not be able to afford their own and the families were selected using a rigorous process.

The two Grey St four-bedroomed houses are built entirely by volunteers and with generous contributions from businesses.

Mr Pearce said the houses were built to suit the family's budget and homeowners have to also pitch in 500 hours of manpower towards their home.

The TET Trust contributed $100,000 towards the project while Dow AgroSciences gave $61,000.

Completed homes are leased back to the families at market rate in a rent-to-buy scheme.

Waitara resident Noel Kingi was elbow deep in sawdust yesterday as heworked on his daughter's home.

Mr Kingi said it meant a lot to his daughter to be able to have a place to call her own, where she can raise her two children, aged 10 and 7.

He was grateful to Habitat along with its sponsors and volunteers for their contributions.

Future homeowner Toni Materoa, of Waitara, was at the site yesterday with her partner, Travis Wilson, and three daughters, to check out their home's progress.

Ms Materoa has been renting for the past six years and said she was overwhelmed at the idea of owning her own property..

The family moved to four different houses over the course of six years. "We currently live on the outskirts of Waitara and this one's so close to everything."

Both properties will be completed in mid-April and a blessing will be held before the families move in. Habitat for Humanity has built 32 houses in Taranaki, 14 in Waitara, nine in Inglewood, five in New Plymouth and four in Stratford.

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