Fa­ther and son build on their ex­pe­ri­ence

The Leader (Nelson) - - YOUR HEALTH - CARLY GOOCH

‘‘Works well un­der su­per­vi­sion’’, can ‘‘ bang a nail in’’ and not afraid of fly­ing - these are all qual­i­ties a fa­ther and son team have to make it in Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

For­mer Nel­son Child, Youth and Fam­ily em­ployee Stephen Alder is pre­par­ing to help make a dif­fer­ence in Samoa with his son, Isaac by join­ing a team to build homes.

Stephen said the con­cept in­cluded cy­clone-proof­ing ex­ist­ing homes and build­ing new cy­clone-re­silient houses.

Both Alder men will be join­ing a group of eight oth­ers from New Zealand on Septem­ber 16 to work with lo­cal builders.

He said the team would pro­vide skilled labour, ‘‘what skills we’ve got will be utilised.

‘‘Whether you’re a builder or not you can be use­ful ba­si­cally.’’

While Isaac is a builder by trade, Stephen said he could ‘‘bang a nail in but I wouldn’t call my­self a builder’’.

‘‘I work well un­der su­per­vi­sion is what Isaac would prob­a­bly tell you.

‘‘I’ve got a build­ing project at home that’s go­ing very slowly.’’

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity is work­ing on a three-year part­ner­ship with the Samoan and New Zealand gov­ern­ments to give 264 fam­i­lies a de­cent place to live ahead of the next storm.

Join­ing the project costs just over $3000 which pays for ac­com­mo­da­tion in a hos­tel, food and trans­port while the work is com­pleted over 10 days.

Stephen said it was ‘‘great’’ to be go­ing with his son.

‘‘I haven’t been to the Pa­cific Is­lands since he was born. It will be re­ally neat to go back.’’

He said he lived in Pa­pua New Guinea ‘‘many, many years ago’’ where he worked for a cou­ple of years and where Isaac was born.

Stephen’s in­ter­est in the vol­un­teer work was spurred on by Isaac.

‘‘Isaac’s al­ways had an in­ter­est in go­ing and do­ing some­thing in the Pa­cific ... with his build­ing and that’s been an idea we’ve talked about over a num­ber of years. I fol­lowed it up and found the op­por­tu­nity to help pol­ish that in­ter­est he had and it’s worked out we can go and do it to­gether.’’

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