Watertight, warm, and more functional homes for mana whenua

Last Updated : 27 Sep 2022
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From left: Chrissy (Aotea resident) and Diana from (Te Puni Kōkiri). Chrissy’s whare is currently undergoing essential repairs.

Habitat for Humanity’s Home Repair Programme is overseeing essential repairs to 11 houses on Aotea / Great Barrier, bringing homes up to a warm, dry, healthy and safe standard.

Working alongside the Aotea Family Support Group, Habitat for Humanity secured funding from Te Puni Kōkiri (The Ministry of Māori Development) for eligible whānau homes. Te Puni Kōkiri manages Government funding for Māori housing projects, working with other agencies and organisations on a co-ordinated approach to improve Māori housing.

Each home has different needs, and the project involves a variety of work from the installation of full power systems and new roofs to bathroom fittings and new decks. Local tradespeople are making the repairs and installation work, ensuring money goes back into the community. Works are expected to be completed January 2023.

Aotea Family Support Group community worker, Kellie Cleave, says:

“This work not only helps families in the short-term, but is going to help for generations to come.”

Kellie’s role is majority-funded by Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board as well as the Ministry for Social Development (MSD).

Aotea Family Support Group has been working with Habitat since 2021.

Kellie hopes there might be further opportunities for locals to access more of their services in the future.

Other services that the Aotea Family Support Group provide include support for over 65s, child-minding programmes, youth programmes, home help, and crisis support. 

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