Charity House Project

Charity House 2021

The Charity House project began in 2013 and is a ten year training and partnership programme. It's become part of our ethos – providing students with hands-on learning opportunities while benefiting the wider community.

One house per year is built by the carpentry students at Toi Ohomai with the support of the business community, and then auctioned off with the proceeds going to Rotorua community groups.

Toi Ohomai partnered with the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Rotorua Sunrise Charitable Trust and the Rotorua Lakes Council to launch the project and worked together in collaboration to gain support from local building suppliers, tradesmen and professionals.

Key objectives of the Charity House have been to create healthy living environments and energy efficiencies. The house is fully insulated to twice the building code requirements, meaning the frames are wider to allow for high insulation values, thereby creating energy efficiencies. This will result in lower power bills for the purchaser!

In 2017 we introduced the air tight system “Intello” by Pro Clima NZ Ltd, a moisture control system combined with a balanced pressure heat transfer ventilation system from DVS. These two factors make the house hugely more valuable and provide for greater quality of life – a warm, dry and healthy home.

The 2021 Charity House sold for a record price, making resulting in a profit of $140,000 to distribute out to various community organisations. 

Read about this, and more Charity House new stories.

Work-ready Students

Carpentry students benefit from the hands-on learning experience, providing an excellent understanding of residential dwellings through working on the project from start to finish. It provides them with a great foot in the door to the construction industry.

The construction of the houses is being undertaken by students studying the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3), Carpentry Strand.

Transportable Dwellings

Each three-bedroom house features a master bedroom with ensuite, open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge. The houses are transportable making them ideal for first home buyers, baches, investment properties, homes on farms, a second home for extended family, retirement homes and many other options. 

Thanks to the Generous Support...

The Charity House Project would not be possible without the support of our partners. On behalf of Toi Ohomai, thank you for your valuable contribution, current and pledged. We look forward to sharing the goodwill and satisfaction generated through education and community involvement.


Proceeds from the 2021 Charity House were awarded to:

  • Age Concern Rotorua - $6,072 
  • Aratika Cancer Trust - $1,595
  • Atua Awhi Community Trust - $15,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rotorua - $5,000
  • Dress for Success Rotorua - $6,400
  • Graeme Dingle Foundation Rotorua – Kiwi Can & Stars Teina - $6,000
  • Mokoia Community Assn - $1,500
  • Older Persons Community Centre Trust (Parksyde) - $4,033.25
  • Rotary Club of Passport Rotorua – Waiariki Women’s Refuge - $2,455
  • Rotary Clubs of Rotorua for RYPEN - $10,350
  • Rotorua Citizens Advice Bureau - $1,499
  • Rotorua Community Hospice Trust - $5,188
  • Rotorua Community Youth Centre Trust - $1,200
  • Rotorua District Riding for the Disabled Assn - $1,911.30 
  • Rotorua Hospital Chaplaincy Trust - $5,000
  • Rotorua Mountain Bike Club Inc - $7,719.95 
  • Rotorua Trails Trust - $2,500
  • Sewing for Success - $1,760
  • St Chads Communication Centre Trust - $5,653.40
  • Te Amorangi Trust Museum Inc. (Rotorua Settlers & Steam Museum) - $17,068.75
  • Tipu Waiariki Trust - $3,705
  • Waikato/BOP Cancer Society Rotorua Branch - $12,359
  • Water Polo Rotorua Inc - $2,000