Te Whare Oranga project is improving the quality of housing for dozens of whānau in West Auckland.
The pilot programme is run by Te Whānau o Waipareira and works towards the aim of whānau living in safe, secure and healthy homes.
It focuses on kaumātua whose homes are in need of urgent repair.
“You could say the whole house was renovated and they gave it a facelift, which it needed badly… My life changed when I was down the bottom of that hill there looking at the old homestead…Now look what I have to leave for my grandkids.” – Moke Manukau, participant
Repair work on 25 houses was completed between early 2018 and October 2018. A second round of repair work then started. Since October 2018, nine more houses have had repair work done and a further 10 houses are being worked on until 30th June.
Housing Improvements Increase Wellbeing
The repairs have not only transformed the housing quality but also improved wellbeing for many of the participants.
In interviews following the first round of repairs, participants reported a decrease in stress and anxiety, increased happiness and dignity, improved quality of life, easier outside access, plans for further home improvements, and hopes for a better future for children and mokopuna.
“We’re forever grateful and thankful, from Te Puni Kōkiri, to Waipareira, to the builders, the carpenters, the electricians, the plumbers, everybody. I’m hoping that for the future, my children, my grandchildren, are going to appreciate the home and appreciate the help that we received so we could keep our home… It’s always been in our minds that our children will have something when we pass on.” – Ngaro Pita, participant
With thanks to Te Puni Kōkiri for its support, and to te whānau Pita and te whānau Manukau for sharing their story.