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Auckland, New Zealand

November 1, 2013 to November 15, 2013

Join our friendly team working side-by-side with our New Zealand friends towards the common goal of safe, adequate housing for all. Your enthusiasm and flexibility are welcome as we make a difference in so many lives. No previous building experience is necessary. Come share this memorable adventure.

New Zealand country profile

About New Zealand
New Zealand is located in Oceania, a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean southeast of Australia. It is a country of rare seismic beauty, from its mountain glaciers and fast-flowing rivers to deep, clear lakes and hissing geysers. Its islands offer abundant forest reserves, deserted beaches that stretch for miles and a variety of unique wildlife, such as the kiwi bird.

Not everyone is able to enjoy the country’s beauty, however. As New Zealand land prices and the cost of daily living continue to increase at a great rate, the dream of homeownership is sadly one that fewer and fewer New Zealand families are achieving. A 2008 study by Demographia International found that New Zealand has some of the least affordable housing in the developed world, and it is estimated that 29 percent of households that rent in New Zealand suffer from housing-related stress. The high cost of housing keeps families in a cycle of poverty, as little money is left for food, clothing, healthcare, education or income generation.

About Habitat for Humanity New Zealand
To combat these problems, HFH New Zealand began working with families in 1993. The first New Zealand house was built by our Franklin affiliate (now part of the Greater Auckland affiliate) in Pukekohe in 1993.  Today, Habitat for Humanity has 12 affiliate offices throughout New Zealand, and has helped give more than 300 families a hand up into their own home.

Recently, HFH New Zealand initiated a housing project in partnership with a local Maori tribe and the New Zealand government. The Maori tribe provides land, and Habitat and the government share in providing the funds to build houses. HFH New Zealand has a “house-for-a-house” tithe policy where, for every house built in the country, a similar amount is sent to a developing country.

For more information, read New Zealand’s country profile or visit

We will be building in the Greater Auckland area. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is one of the world’s few cities that feature major harbors on two separate bodies of water. A melting pot for many cultures and immigrants, Auckland is also where Habitat’s presence in the country first began.

Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers may work on a variety of construction tasks to support HFH New Zealand’s building efforts with partner families. Habitat Greater Auckland has expanded its ability to serve more families by partnering with the government, housing foundations and faith communities.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 (Friday): Depart from home.
Day 2 (Saturday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday): Arrive in Auckland; greeted at airport by HFH Greater Auckland staff; check-in to lodging; welcome and orientation.
Days 4-8 (Workdays, Monday-Friday): Breakfast at motel; devotions at worksite; work from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with tea breaks and lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner and time for team activities.
Day 9-10 (Saturday and Sunday): Attend church service; free day in community for cultural activities.
Days 11-13 (Monday-Wednesday): Breakfast at motel; devotions at worksite; work from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with tea breaks and lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner and time for team activities. Farewell ceremony on Wednesday.
Days 14 (Thursday): Free time and cultural activities.
Day 15 (Friday): Depart for home.

Team members should expect to stay at a local motel with team members sharing double- or triple-occupancy rooms. Breakfast is usually provided at motel and lunch is taken on the work site. Dinner is taken at various restaurants or planned with the local community.

Program cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

Increase your impact: Take the GV Challenge
Habitat for Humanity is accelerating its work to end poverty housing, and we need Global Village teams to help. Set a goal and fundraise to make your impact last longer than the days you’re in the field. Your support builds more homes, creates resource centers, educates families, and advances our projects to build sustainable communities. We’ll even provide tools to make fundraising easy. Take the GV Challenge – join us in sharing our story and building a better world.

Team leaders
Margie Sisitsky has been volunteering with HFHI since 2001. This will be her ninth build and her seventh time as team leader. She looks forward to New Zealand, having done builds in Brazil, Ghana, India, Thailand, Mongolia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii. For more information, please contact Margie at 508-875-9275 or

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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