Chairman's Progress Report - July

Charitable Status
We have now been accepted as a registered charity which means that any donations are eligible for tax deduction. This applies to all identifiable donations made to date. Please contact us if you still require a receipt for your donation.

First Project – 80 Waiheke Rd
The Resource Consent process is still ongoing. Council is being very particular about wastewater management and driveway access over the road reserve. We believe we have now resolved all issues and consent should be forthcoming without further changes.
Our request for a further $450,000 in building finance is still proving problematical with the banks. We now have a broker working on our behalf and he is confident of success with some of the smaller banks.
Should that not be successful we will continue to raise the necessary funds from local investors and, once the development is completed and operational as a going concern, seek long-term mortgage finance from the banks. That will free up the investors’ funding secured to date to be applied for future projects.
We have obtained a Lifemark assessment of the proposed building design and are now incorporating the very helpful suggestions to improve access and usability for elderly and disabled residents and guests.

Next Projects
We have decided to hold off on undertaking further property projects until the first project is further advanced.
We are still seeking a suitable operating base where we can build more sleepouts to order. As well as providing ongoing revenue for the Trust it is hoped they will be used to house permanent residents thus providing existing property owners with some extra income, companionship and home help.
We are also planning our next fundraising events for the springtime and would welcome any suggestions.
Thank you all again for your support of the Trust to date. We will keep you regularly updated on progress in addressing our island’s serious lack of affordable rental housing for permanent residents.


Regards
Paul Carew

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CHAIRMAN’S PROGRESS REPORT

Funding
Further to my last report in November the Trust has now attracted a total of $100,000 in donations and also secured a further $470,000 in term loans from local individuals. Once we secure the full funding for the building works at 80 Waiheke Rd we have a further $25,000 donation promised.

First Project – 80 Waiheke Rd
After initial delays around access to our and neighbouring properties the Resource Consent process is now well advanced. We are looking forward to gaining Council approval this month.
Our request for a further $415,000 in building finance is currently under bank consideration. Should that not be successful we will continue to raise the necessary funds from local investors.

Next Projects
We have a conditional agreement to purchase 35 Erua Rd which comprises a 2 bedroom house on a very large section capable of taking 3 tiny houses. If we get bank funding to complete the purchase this represents immediate cash-flow and a simple building project we can undertake over the winter.

We are still seeking an operating base where we can build more sleepouts to order. As well as
providing ongoing revenue for the Trust it is hoped they will be used to house permanent residents thus providing existing property owners with some extra income, companionship and home help.

We are also planning our next fundraising events and would welcome any suggestions.

Thank you all again for your support of the Trust to date. We will keep you regularly updated on progress in addressing our island’s serious lack of affordable rental housing for permanent residents.

Regards
Paul Carew

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Remembering the Housathon - Donate Today

When we first thanked everyone for there massive and impressive effort in raising funds for the Waiheke Community Housing Trust the totals where around $3,000. But when everything had finally trickled in over a number of weeks we made over $6,000.

Not only are there amazing caring people on Waiheke but there is a movement as well, propelling their good deeds to help change the lives of those in need of housing on Waiheke.  Please enjoy a video produced documenting the event, it really is heart warming. 

Waiheke Island renters kicked out to make room for tourists

Watch December 4th's Checkpoint interview with WCHT's own Chairman Paul Carew where he addresses bank's crushing lending policies. This is just one of many contributing factors to the housing crisis on Waiheke Island. A strongly backed community funded approach to housing must be given runway to succeed. 

“Supply isn’t an issue, but affordability is.”
— WCHT Chairman Paul Carew

Sleepout Auction Event

 Image above is representative and not exact. 

Image above is representative and not exact. 

Raising funds for community housing by auctioning off a sleepout.
WHERE: Waiheke Living/Placemaker's Car Park.
WHEN: 15th of October 10am start, bidding begins at noon! 

Building materials graciously discounted by Placemakers to create a new sleepout 3.6 by 2.7 metres. Viewing onsite from Monday the 9th of October. Come along to paint on Monday and Tuesday and be apart of this great fundraiser. To show what can be done with the sleepout, Waiheke Living will dress it Wednesday. Auction price excludes delivery. 

Why are we doing this? To raise funds for our first community housing project, which is a four bedroom family home, two apartments, one of which is an accessible apartment. The Waiheke Community Housing Trust is committed to building 100 homes in ten years that provide Waiheke residents with affordable, long-term rental properties. 

For more information:
email: info@wcht.org.nz

If you'd like to make a donation you can do that below, we would appreciate it. 
To make a direct credit: BNZ 02 0108 0367509 000
The Community thanks you in advance!

Housathon

JOIN US, HAVE SOME FUN HELPING, BE A PART OF A STATEMENT

There is a housing crisis on Waiheke and you can make a difference by finding people to sponsor you to sleep rough on cardboard or in cars alongside other participants. Join your community at Artworks Courtyard behind the Waiheke Library on October 14th and sleep rough from 6pm on October 14th until 8am the next morning to raise funds for a section with a cottage and a neighbouring section.

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On the night we will provide food, thought provoking stories, entertainment and cardboard to sleep on.  Just bring yourself, sleeping bag or blankets and if you have a piece of plastic or small tarpaulin, that might be handy.  You could do it with friends, even get a team of five together and aim for a target of  $200.00 per person in pledges.  Your night of discomfort will be rewarded by donations from friends, family, colleagues and the wonderful  people of Waiheke .  

Every dollar raised goes towards supporting Waihekeans  into permanent homes.  

TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT

REGISTER BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO: info@wcht.org.nz

"My Year With Helen" - NZ Release and Waiheke Premier

Please join us for the NZ Release of "My Year With Helen",  a brilliant film by NZ director Gaylene Preston about Helen Clark's campaign for UN Secretary General.

At 6.30pm there will be bubbly and canapes at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, a talk by Helen White, Auckland Central Labour candidate who served on Helen Clark's electorate committee and a peek at the latest Artists in Residence Retrospective.

The movie starts at the Community Cinema at 8pm. 

See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3LYpP-otgE

It is a wonderful film which has been hugely popular at festivals around the world:  https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/93775273/Helen-Clark-documentary-gets-standing-ovation-at-world-premiere

Tickets $65 pricey but a fundraiser for the deposit on the Trust's first houses - which will house 13 people. 

Tickets at Take Note, or book by calling Mark Inglis on 0274 420 727, you can book your ticket and pay on the night. 

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Sept 1st.    Thanks to all those who came and supported our event. We had a full house and a fabulous movie. Aunty Helen was robbed of the role as UN Secretary General and was clearly the best person for the job. 

Helen White our special guest gave a wonderful speech about her time on Helen Clark's electorate committee. Thank you so much. 

Thanks also to the kind folk at Waiheke Community Art Gallery (don't miss the Artists in Resident exhibition) and Waiheke Community Cinema (don't miss "My Year With Helen" which is playing now). 

Thanks to your kind support we raised over $2000 from this event towards the deposit on our first house. We are well on the way!

Finally the film's director Gaylene Preston sent the following message: 

"Great greetings to the great people of the great Island of Waiheke!

I am sorry that my duties have me scheduled elsewhere tonight and hope your charity is now replenished to some extent.

Making My Year With Helen was a very challenging film to make, but most rewarding in the long run.  Working at the United Nations in the media stake outs was restricting but sometimes funny as you will see in the film.  I always wore my leather jacket and a hat, sometimes I wore leopard print trousers, just so that permanent staff would remember me.  They'd see us coming and say - "Hey - It's the Kiwi Crew!"  We were always asking for unusual things and they were often mystified by us, because we were not a news crew, and they weren't used to documentaries.

Please feel free to check out our fb page and website for more about the film.

We are stoked with the reaction so far.  I hope you really enjoy it, and that it invigorates you all.

Gaylene Preston.   "