Need home repairs, but struggling to afford them?

Ryhaven Charitable Trust assists limited income home owners to repair and upgrade their home.

How we can help

Indoor

  • Kitchen improvements
  • Bathroom repairs
  • Modifications for disabled
  • Mould & damp repair
  • Plumbing & electric upgrades

Outdoor

  • Exterior repairs & painting
  • Roof repairs or replacement
  • Disability ramps

Temporary Accomodation

  • Cabin hire
  • Caravan hire
Before
After
Before
After

What people say

“The staff involved were respectful and did more than expected, thinking of things that would improve my life. ”

Amanda, Titahi Bay

“We have learnt so much about renovating and how to fix things. Knowing there are other families waiting to have their houses done has given us an extra push… so that other families can be blessed with the same overwhelming happiness as us.”

Whanāu member, Porirua

“With the new lease of life that has been given to the family home, it will finally become a home again with lots of visitors and laughter – just as a home should be.
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Felila, Porirua

How does it work?

1. Apply

Complete our online application form. Applications are welcomed from Wellington homeowners of limited income.

Apply

2. Assess your needs

If your application is successful, the trust will determine the appropriate assistance required. Needs are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

3. Work starts

The repairs are completed by a combination of Ryhaven staff, volunteers, licensed contractors and where possible the families of homeowners.

Recent projects

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Elsdon home upgrade — Feeling like ‘a home again’

In late 2020, the Trust took on a deferred maintenance project for an elderly homeowner.

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Titahi Bay lifesaver

The Trust assisted a family living in Porirua’s Titahi Bay to paint their home and carry out some deferred maintenance.

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Whānau roll up their sleeves

In December 2020, the Trust helped a local Porirua family to renovate their home.

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Affordable family rentals

In 2020, the Ryhaven Trust assisted a family to relocate and relevel their house on a large section in Naenae.

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Financial future looking bright

A husband and wife struggling to pay their debts feared they would eventually have to sell their home.

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Exterior upgrade and landscaping

For a solo mother and her 11-year-old son, a home and landscape makeover has made the world of difference.

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Whānau lend a helping hand

Dealing with the demands of a growing family and a home in need of critical repair, this local Stokes Valley family reached out to the Ryhaven Trust for urgent support.

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Rental cabins and caravans – an affordable option

Families in need of more space have benefited from our temporary, affordable rentals.

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Safe haven

Sharron is the primary caregiver for her special needs grandson and when her landlord gave her notice to move out she felt she was ‘out of options’.

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What a difference a roof makes!

Aaron and his wife bought their Wellington home seventeen years ago. Whilst it represented ‘home’ and security for their three-generation family, the old house was in need of maintenance.

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Feels like a new home

Before Trevor’s daughter Jane approached Ryhaven Trust, Trevor believed that the only option for his aging home was to bulldoze it.

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Dulux Adds some Shine to Taita Home

Friday 19 October was anything but a day in the office for Dulux CEO Jevan Dickinson and an enthusiastic team of sixteen Dulux staff volunteers.

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Home now safe and secure

Leaks, electric shocks and roof in bad state of repair were just some of the problems affecting this family home.

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Cabins provide comfort

Young building apprentices learn valuable skills constructing Ryhaven Trust cabins.

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Space for a growing family

Home expansion provides much-needed space for a family of nine.

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Long-overdue repairs to a small family home

In a small two-bedroom family home, the trust has replaced rotten floorboards, installed a cabin and given the kitchen and bathroom a much-needed facelift.

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Supporters

Thank you to our local supporters for helping the trust carry out their work

LT McGuinness
Dulux
NME
Geeves Scaffolding
Carters
Metalcraft Roofing