Four months ago, Tevita and Salaita Ofafonua were living in misery. Bad drainage and sewage under the house made their home permanently wet, smelly and unhealthy.
When New Zealand found out about the situation, the generosity just began pouring in. Rod Perceval from Master Builders Association and project manager Marty Van Der Burg, Steve Marshall from Now Couriers, Placemakers and Hirepool are some of those have have given time and money to help the Ofafonua's.
The time for celebration has finally come, as the work is finished and Tevita, Salaita, Mele, Sofia and Pomale are finally able to move into their miracle, a new home.
How it began
Ofafonua family of Otahuhu in Auckland who four years ago purchased a house that had many unseen structural and drainage problems.
Their home would flood with sewage in times of heavy rain, which caused not only damage to the flooring, but also ongoing health issues for the family. The Holmes programme sought independent advice from builders, plumbers and stuctural engineers who all agreed the house was a write-off.
The Ofafonua family is Tevita (Dad), Silaita (Mum) and kids Mele, Sofia and Pomale. Tevita and Silaita work long and hard to provide for their children and to pay off the mortgage on their property.
Since the initial story went to air we had an overwhelming response from the public with offers of help. Just days after the first story went to air, an extraordinary offer came through from Master Builders - in conjunction with a raft of suppliers - to replace the house in its entirety with a brand new, custom-designed one.
The Auckland Registered Master Builders Association begun work on a new home for the Ofafonua family and worked around the clock with a wide range of suppliers from throughout New Zealand, to have it completed in four of months.
The design of the new house was unveiled and Tevita Ofafonua signed a Master Build 7 Year Guarantee and building contract.
Project leader Auckland Registered Master Builder Rod Percival says the generosity of New Zealanders has been amazing.
"Donations of people's time and building materials have been flooding in from all over the country. Building is progressing nicely and it's great to be working on something like this because people are really coming together to help out a family who have had a really tough time of it."
Assistance from a wide range of suppliers has been received, including donations from:
PlaceMakers, Winstone Wallboards, Tasman Insulation, Clearlite, Tenon, James Hardie, Wattyl Taubmans, Mercury Bay Design, Laser Electrical, Metalcraft, Hirepool, Firth, Clearlite, Aquatica, Nylex, Ingersoll-Rand, Mitek, Heirloom, Robinhood, Velux, the BCITO and members of Registered Master Builders Federation.
The Ofafonua's new home is being built in the Now Couriers warehouse in Victoria Street Onehunga before the house is transferred back to the Ofafonua's current Onehunga address.
Master Builders' Auckland president Rod Percival is project-managing the construction, which is being overseen by site manager Marty Van Der Burg. They are building the brand new house in Onehunga on a site kindly provided by Now Couriers.
In the meantime, the family has been moved to a temporary abode in Greenlane, kindly provided by Rod Milner Motors.
It takes a lot of work to build a house, and Tevita, Silaita and the kids have expressed their deepest gratitude for the time and energy being selflessly given up by the people involved in making this happen.
Special thanks to:
Auckland Vice President: Rod Percival
Eastern Branch President: Marty van der Burg
Auckland J Vice President: Steve Brackenridge
Southern Branch Committee: Harry van der Putten
Auckland Board Member: Brent Morman
Managing Director Hirepool: Tenby Powell
Auckland Registered Master Builders: Angela Maisey
Builders Association: Haylie Buxton, Diane Philipps (President)
Paul Holmes, Nicole Bremner, Pip Keane and Claire Crawford
Paul van Beurden
NBPR- Amy Murphy, Sharon van Gulik and Jaxs Baker
Building Today- Andrew Darlington
Concept drawing by Brent Morman of Harmony Homes
Working drawings by Geoff Brown of Mercury Bay Design
Interior design by Sylvia Sandford
Furniture supplied by Vita
Grayway Construction Ltd
Thanks to the following suppliers and contractors:
Ajax Building & Industrial Fasteners
Alpwood Joinery Services Ltd
Apex Fascia & Spouting
Apii McKinley (Impact Finance)
Aquatica NZ Ltd
Artworks (Kay Paget)
Auckland City Council
Auckland Frame & Truss Ltd
B A Drainage Co 1990 Ltd
Brian Boult Engineers Whitianga
CHH Wood Products
Chris Percival Non member helper
Classic Stainless Steel Ltd
Colin Smith Plumbing
Countdown MT Wellington
Craig Walker Removals
Data Plan Services Waikato
Door Doctor Ltd
Electrolux Home Products
Firestop Home Sprinklers
Frazer & Thomas Ltd Surveyors
Gardening Angels Ltd
Auckland Bricklayers & Plasterers
Godfrey Hirst Carpets
Graham Fabian Foodstuffs
GT Concrete Pumps
Harkness & Young
Heat Recovery Ventilation
Heirloom International Ltd
Hills Industries Ltd
Hynds Pipe Systems Ltd
ICB Retaining Walls Ltd
Ingersoll-Rand Architectural Hardware Ltd
ITW Construction Products (Paslode)
Jenkins Timber Ltd
Jim McDonnell Plumbers Cooks Beach
Kennedys Home Trade Ltd Whitianga
Klassic Painters (Ray Nicholls)
Landscape Industries Association of NZ
Leo Jew (Landscape Design)
Lolohea Stonemason Contractor
Mad Butcher Glen Innes
Manakau Art Supplies & Framing Studio
Marley NZ Ltd
Marshall Waterproofing NZ/Aus Ltd
Max Birt Sawmills Ltd
Mercury Bay Design (Geoff Brown)
Metalcraft Industries Ltd
Micks Digger Services
Milnes Plant Link
Mitek New Zealand Ltd
Mooney Concrete Ltd
New World Whitianga
New Zealand Steel
Pak n Save Royal Oak
Paul Massey Non member helper
Paul Schirmack Decorating
Plaster Options Ltd
Pole Specialists Ltd
Reagan Huriwai (Non member helper)
Rheem NZ Ltd
Robco Fencing Contractors
Robert Malcolm Ltd
Robinson Industries Ltd
Rufflette New Zealand Window Shades
Russell Concrete Pumps
Ryans Garden Services
Second Nature (Chris Ballantyne)
Sika NZ Ltd
Southern Pine Products
Stuart Vivash (Non member helper)
Sylvia Sandford Interior Design
Tasman Insulation NZ
The European Tiler
Troy Wheeler Contracting Ltd
Vector Electricity Service
Velux NZ Ltd
Vita N.Z Ltd
Watkins Plumbing Services Ltd
Winstone Wallboards Ltd
Woven Bamboo Enterprises
Furniture Maker Tui
B K' S Pioneer Motor Lodge
Eddie Bull Contractors
Mark Chapel Plumbing
Pioneer Concrete Pumps
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