On Monday, 11 February, Toi Ohomai's charity house was moved to its new home on the Whakatāne farm of Judy and Brian Carter, who bought it in 2018, with the intention of replacing a burnt-down farmhouse on their property.
The house was built as part of Toi Ohomai’s annual Charity House Project, which sees the Institute partner with the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Rotorua Sunrise Charitable Trust and the Rotorua Lakes Council to help students gain hands-on experience, as well as make a contribution to the community.
The house was built by students studying carpentry, electrical and interior design at the Institute, with help and support from local building suppliers, tradesmen and professionals.
The 2018 charity house was sold for $230,000, which was the highest amount paid for any house in the six years the charity house project has been running.
"We're so grateful to all of our partners on this project. We have more than 30 charity house partners that provide materials, workmanship or other support and they do it at discount prices or some even for free,” says Brian Dillon, Trades and Logistics faculty leader.
"We wouldn't be able to complete the project without their amazing support."
Expressions of Interest
We are currently welcoming expressions of interest from any local Rotorua charities until Friday, 15 March.
The application form can be downloaded directly from the Rotary Rotorua Sunrise website.