A home and a future

Demalza, Layla and Shakeisha receiving the keys for their new home from Habitat for Humanity Northland’s general manager Carina Dickson

It was an emotional occasion when Habitat for Humanity handed over the house keys of their 43rd home in Northland to new partner family Demalza and her two daughters Layla and Shakeisha in Dargaville, last week.

“It’s a blessing. I have these keys in my hand and it’s going to get better and better,” said Demalza.

The family was living in small home deemed unhealthy due to rot from mould and dampness before they were told they would be moving into a new home in 2017. “It was exciting seeing it come together — I’ve always wanted my own home,” Demalza said. “When I filled out those application papers I thought whatever happens, happens, then when I got the call I realised dreams do come true.” The new home was built in Auckland by Onehunga High School and since moving to its location on Plover Close, the Dargaville High School Building Academy stepped up to complete the final tasks. DHS Building Academy tutor Tim Pratt said this was the first project his eight students had worked on this year which involved finishing work such re-hanging doors, building a deck and laying concrete.

“I am absolutely proud of them and they are proud of themselves. They are a great bunch of guys and have a great future ahead of them.”


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