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The Ofafonua family's new home
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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:

Planning group
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

Mayor's office
Paul van Beurden

Public relations
NBPR- Amy Murphy, Sharon van Gulik and Jaxs Baker
Building Today- Andrew Darlington

Family liaison
Apii McKinley

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

Siteworks assistance 
Grayway Construction Ltd

Amanda Clayton

Thanks to the following suppliers and contractors:

A.J.Russell Bricklayers   
Adkins Floorsanding   
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   
BCITO Members     
Brian Boult Engineers Whitianga     
Bridgeman Concrete     
CHH Wood Products     
Chris Percival   Non member helper  
Classic Stainless Steel Ltd     
Clearlite Bathrooms     
Colin Smith Plumbing     
Countdown MT Wellington     
Counties Joinery       
Craig Walker Removals     
Data Plan Services  Waikato     
Door Doctor Ltd     
Doorways Auckland     
Eco-scapes Ltd   
Electrolux Home Products   
Eurodesign Benchtops   
Exotic Landscapes   
Expol Ltd   
Firestop Home Sprinklers   
Firth Industries   
Fletcher Reinforcing   
Frazer & Thomas Ltd Surveyors   
Frontier Woodworks   
Fulton Hogan   
Gardening Angels Ltd   
Auckland Bricklayers & Plasterers   
Godfrey Hirst Carpets   
Goode Industries   
Graham Fabian Foodstuffs
GT Concrete Pumps
Halstead Flooring
Harkness & Young
Heat Recovery Ventilation
Heirloom International Ltd
Hills Industries Ltd
Hirepool Ltd
Hynds Pipe Systems Ltd
ICB Retaining Walls Ltd
Ingersoll-Rand Architectural Hardware Ltd
ITW Construction Products (Paslode)
James Hardie
Jenkins Timber Ltd
Jim McDonnell Plumbers   Cooks Beach
Kennedys Home Trade Ltd   Whitianga
Klassic Painters    (Ray Nicholls)   
Laminex Group   
Landscape Industries Association of NZ   
Laser Electrical   
Leo Jew (Landscape Design)   
Living Edge                   
Lolohea Stonemason Contractor   
Mad Butcher Glen Innes   
Manakau Art Supplies & Framing Studio   
Marley NZ Ltd   
Marshall Waterproofing NZ/Aus Ltd   
Masonry Concepts   
Maurice Kain   
Max Birt Sawmills Ltd   
Mercury Bay Design   (Geoff Brown)   
Metalcraft Industries Ltd   
Metro Water   
Micks Digger Services   
Milnes Plant Link   
Mitek New Zealand Ltd   
Mooney Concrete Ltd   
Mountainfresh filters   
New World Whitianga   
New Zealand Steel   
Now Couriers   
Pak n Save Royal Oak   
Paul Massey   Non member helper
Paul Schirmack Decorating   
Placemakers Takanini   
Placemakers Thames/Whitianga   
Plaster Options Ltd   
Pole Specialists Ltd   
Ponsonby Pies   
Protecto Wrap   
QBE Insurance   
Reagan Huriwai   (Non member helper)
Rehau Plumbing   
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)   
Shade Sails    
Sign Masters    
Sika NZ Ltd    
Southern Pine Products    
Stevens Homeware       
Strategic Alarms    
Stuart Vivash    (Non member helper)
Sylvia Sandford Interior Design    
Tasman Insulation NZ    
Taupo Plastics    
Tenon Ltd    
The European Tiler    
Troy Wheeler Contracting Ltd    
Turfgrass Specialists    
Underground Vision    
Vector Electricity Service    
Velux NZ Ltd    
Vita N.Z Ltd    
Ward Demolition    
Watkins Plumbing Services Ltd    
Winstone Aggregates    
Winstone Wallboards Ltd    
Works Infrastructure    
Woven Bamboo Enterprises    
Waipuna Hotel    
Furniture Maker Tui     
B K' S Pioneer Motor Lodge    
Eddie Bull Contractors     
Mark Chapel Plumbing    
Metropolitan Glass    
Pioneer Concrete Pumps
Boston Wardrobes

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