Home is certainly where the heart is

Rotorua's Tammy Hutchins has been puttying holes, sanding walls, painting and moving timber for a good cause - to help make her dream of owning her own home a reality.

Miss Hutchins, along with a number of volunteers, are building a home in six days as part of Habitat for Humanity's blitz build in Rotorua.

The not-for-profit Christian organisation, which works to eliminate substandard housing by building, renovating and selling simple houses on an affordable budget, is building a house for Miss Hutchins and four of her children in the carpark of Bunnings Rotorua.

Building of the 106sq m four-bedroom home started on Monday and Miss Hutchins has been down there all day every day.

"The build is progressing very well. I've just been filling holes with putty. I've been sanding down walls and painting and moving timber ... It has been lots of fun."

Miss Hutchins' older children Michael, 21, Anahera, 17, and Amaru, 14, have been helping on site as well. Her other children have also been on the site.

Habitat for Humanity general manager Nic Greene, who has been working on the site for the past two days, said they had been making good progress and there were about 27 volunteers, including staff from BDO Spicers and Bunnings Rotorua as well as local volunteers and people from out of town helping during the past two days. Rotorua Mayor Kevin Winters and Rotorua MP Todd McClay were also on site on Monday.

Mr Greene said the roof was expected to be up by the end of yesterday. They still need volunteers to help on Friday and Saturday and Mr Greene said any local residents could just turn up.

The home, which is expected to be completed by Saturday, will be open to the public from 10am to 2pm on Sunday.

Once the 106sq m four-bedroom home is up, it's expected it will be moved to a vacant section on Turama Rd.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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