Project House 2018

TPP’s student-built house to benefit community in Rotary partnership

West Coast children will be the winners in a new partnership designed to give back to the local community.

This year’s class of construction students will build a full-size house to be auctioned through Rotary.  The project will be a fundraiser for the children’s wing in the new Greymouth Hospital.

Built by NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills students, under the close guidance of Licenced Building Practitioner tutors, the new owners of the home will be purchasing a 120 square metre, three-bedroom, two bathroom home completed with excellent workmanship.

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Chief Executive Alex Cabrera says that the polytechnic is geared towards meeting the needs of the West Coast community.

“While we’re helping Coasters to gain a new skill or learn a trade, this project is a demonstration of how we can also use our resources to support the community,” he says.

Alex says that knowing that their hard work is for a good cause is a motivating factor for the students.

“For many of our young people today, there is a real desire to give back, and to look beyond themselves.  This year’s class of construction students has the opportunity to do just that, and it’s a challenge they are relishing.  They see it as a win – win; they are gaining valuable experience under experienced tutors and covering every aspect of house building, while working on a fundraiser that will ultimately benefit the most vulnerable members of their community.”

Interested buyers and members of the public are invited to a Pre-auction Open Day to view the home. Come along between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 28 October to 2 Lombard Street – or email to arrange a personal preview.

The house will be auctioned by Greymouth Rotary for the benefit of the Children’s Ward and central courtyard at Grey Base Hospital. 

The auction will be held at 6pm, Tuesday 30 October, at Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Greymouth campus, 73-87 Tainui Street.

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