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Simon’s Story

Simon’s Story

“It was like a big blanket washed over me…” Through no fault of his own, Simon (not his real name) became a part of New Zealand’s homelessness statistics. Leaving behind a successful business, he moved to Christchurch to become caregiver to his...

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Visionwest Response to Budget 2021

Visionwest Response to Budget 2021

Visionwest Response to Budget 2021. On May 20th, the Government released its 2021 Budget which included a number of initiatives to help vulnerable whānau as we seek to recover from the effects of COVID and its financial ramifications which have...

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Busby Street Opening

Busby Street Opening

17 new homes = 17 whānau housed! 17 new homes means 17 whānau who have been struggling to find a place to live will now have a warm, dry and safe home. At dawn on Wednesday May 19th, between the showers, Visionwest opened our latest housing complex...

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Building is a blessing to the community

Building is a blessing to the community

Visionwest has purchased the vacant Salvation Army church building at 275 Glengarry Road, Glen Eden to cope with growth on its Glendale Rd site. On Wednesday, April 21st, a number of representatives from Visionwest, the Salvation Army and Glen Eden...

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Hine’s Story

Hine’s Story

As an 18-year-old, Hine was living on the street. Three years later, she is securely housed in an immaculately kept West Auckland flat managed by Visionwest. Friendly and articulate, she says her biggest goal is finding a regular job and, one day,...

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Daniel and Emma’s Story

Daniel and Emma’s Story

Living in a Visionwest house in the Luke St transitional housing development, Daniel and Emma are loving life. Daniel has his dream job, they have safe and comfortable housing, their five children are happy, and their relationship has never been...

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Housing Crisis – it may be worse than you think

Housing Crisis – it may be worse than you think

An article last week (Feb 18, 2021) from Checkpoint reporter Nita Blake-Persen, detailed some startling figures relating to the ongoing housing crisis in New Zealand: There are now more than 4,000 children growing up in motels across New Zealand....

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Home at Last

Home at Last

Like most parents, Ono and Ana* want only the very best for their children but finding a home for their family became a monumental challenge. For six years Ono and Ana and their children had shared a house with other people but things started...

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From Homeless to dream life

From Homeless to dream life

It’s not so long ago that Natasha and Gordon Smith were homeless. Their eldest daughter, Miracle, was conceived while they were finding shelter at an Edwardian home in Christchurch, featured in Peter Jackson's 1994 film, Heavenly Creatures. “Today...

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Issues facing New Zealand today

Issues facing New Zealand today

VisionWest CEO, Lisa Woolley, was recently interviewed as part of a series on Shine TV in which six Christian Leaders from around New Zealand gave in-depth interviews talking about issues facing New Zealand today. When asked about social challenges...

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Vodafone Kokinga Kai Campaign

Vodafone Kokinga Kai Campaign

Matariki is a time for coming together, to eat and laugh together. To support the thousands of people who experience food insecurity in Aotearoa, we [The Vodafone Foundation] have partnered with...