Is­land­hous­ing - suc­cess story

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Wai­heke Com­mu­nity Hous­ing Trust has suc­ceeded in rais­ing the $300,000 needed to buy its first prop­er­ties.

Trust chair­per­son Paul Carew said there has been an ‘‘in­cred­i­ble’’ re­sponse from the com­mu­nity to calls for do­na­tions to pro­vide af­ford­able rental hous­ing.

‘‘We are feel­ing re­ally well sup­ported by the lo­cal is­land com­mu­nity - it’s just amaz­ing.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously, it’s an idea that’s ring­ing bells for peo­ple,’’ Carew said.

The trust now has the de­posit to buy two ad­join­ing prop­er­ties on Wai­heke Road in One­tangi and plans to bor­row the re­main­ing $900,000.

A house and two apart­ments will be built on an empty sec­tion, while a cot­tage on the ad­join­ing land will be sold at an af­ford­able rate.

The new homes will be rented at 80 per cent of mar­ket rental to fam­i­lies with school-age chil­dren or peo­ple aged over 55.

The trust aims to pro­vide 100 houses over the next ten years, help­ing busi­nesses to house staff and long term res­i­dents to stay on the is­land they call home.

Vol­un­teers will build a tiny house on Oc­to­ber 7 and 8 to help raise money for the trust.

The 10-square-me­tre por­ta­ble house will be built in the car park at Wai­heke Liv­ing in Os­tend and auc­tioned, along with art do­nated by Wai­heke artists, on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15, at 10am.

‘‘The idea is to show peo­ple how easy it is to put an ex­tra bed­room on their property now. The rules have changed, so you can put a sleep­out on vir­tu­ally every property on Wai­heke,’’ Carew said.

‘‘That makes a big dif­fer­ence to peo­ple who are strug­gling to af­ford to stay on their property.

Sev­eral vol­un­teers have al­ready of­fered to pitch in, but more skilled hands are wanted to build the house un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a li­censed builder. Helpers will also be needed to paint the tiny house.

The trust is also or­gan­is­ing a Wai­heke House­athon from 6pm on Oc­to­ber 14 to 8am the next morn­ing to raise funds.

Peo­ple will sleep rough for a night in the Art­works court­yard in Oneroa, or in their cars around the com­plex.

Those sleep­ing rough are asked to pick up spon­sor­ship forms from Wai­heke Li­brary and to aim to raise $200.

Reg­is­ter for the House­athon by email­ing info@wcht.org.nz.

Wai­heke Com­mu­nity Hous­ing Trust chair­per­son Paul Carew. ROSE DAVIS/STUFF

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