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Habitat for Humanity celebrates 30 years of building homes across the Pacific

Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air

 New Zealand sets a new Habitat World Record for the fastest house ever built during a Speedbuild event. March 1999. Photo: Habitat for Humanity.
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Kendall Vano | Reporter

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand commemorates 30 years of fostering homes, hope, and communities in the Pacific and Aotearoa, embracing the vision of a world where everyone enjoys decent housing.

Since 1993, Habitat’s New Zealand operations have supported thousands of families to thrive through housing.

Group Chief Executive Officer for Habitat Humantiy NZ Alan Thorp says their work is at the core of a thriving community. 

Volunteers work on construction during the Samoa Hope Project, Habitat New Zealand’s disaster response project following the 2009 tsunami in Samoa. This was also Habitat New Zealand’s first disaster response. June 2010. Photo: Habitat for Humanity.

“The families and individuals we work with are at the centre of everything we do and our ultimate aim is to support them to thrive in life through housing.”

“The outcomes and impact we have achieved over the past three decades is incredible. A warm, dry, safe home is a fundamental enabler to a person’s strength, stability and self-reliance.”

Mr Thorp says while they are celebrating 30 years, he says there is more work to do.

“New Zealand families and the Tongan, Samoan and Fijian communities we work with, still need our support to access affordable, adequate homes.”

Prime Minister Helen Clark is greeted on the building site by Habitat for Humanity volunteer Anita Reyland. Helen Clark visited the first Woman Build site in Trevor Hoskin Drive Wiri on Saturday. Photo: David Hallett/Getty Images.

Habitat for Humanity NZ shares a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade involving a $9.2 million investment to address shelter needs, enhance building safety, provide water and sanitation, and deliver financial literacy education in Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga.

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand has provided aid for more than one thousand Pacific families in creating safer homes through repair initiatives and building 600+ dwellings. 

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