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Laptops from Germany

Sally and her family had a long history of waiting to get into social housing. Initially they were staying in a private rental, both Sally and her husband were working, but with rent hikes and change in family circumstances they could not afford to pay the rent.

A tragedy struck the family two years ago, where there were three deaths of close relatives in Samoa within one year. Sally’s hours in her job also became less so their income was substantially reduced.


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Staff Farewell


Cecilia, with her two children, came to Monte Cecilia over 28 years ago. New to Auckland, she was seeking emergency housing and a hand up to establish her little family in Auckland.

Monte staff reached out with love and compassion, housing Cecilia’s family, who months later, were offered a state house (HNZC).


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Dana's Story


Dana3 is a mum with one 10-year-old boy. Dana was married but her husband was significantly abusive to which her son often witnessed.

There are emotional repercussions for both Dana and her son, but she is quietly, and with great courage, navigating to find a resolution for them both.


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Mandy's Story


Mandy2, a mum with four children, came into Monte emergency housing in April 2018.

She had been living with her sister, brother-in-law and their four children, in a 3-bedroom house in Mangere since October 2017. Overcrowding was an issue. The reason Mandy found herself in this position was due to the breakup of her marriage.

Mandy is a qualified ECE teacher and is wanting full time work but was unsure where to apply because of her housing situation being so unstable. 


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Monte’s new support programme for mums leaving prison

For mothers leaving prison, finding a place to live with their children has been a significant challenge. But a new collaboration with Corrections, Probation and partnership with Family Works, Presbyterian Northern means Monte is providing safe, warm homes for mothers to begin rebuilding their lives.

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Finding a home for baby

While some new parents eagerly decorate their baby’s room, others just want to find a safe place to bring them home to. When Bella and Joel discovered they were expecting their first baby, they knew the boarding house they had lived in for almost a year was no place for a newborn, so they turned to Monte for help.


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My life was transformed

A past client of Monte Cecilia Housing Trust, Ruth2  explains how the lives of she and her children were transformed by the support she received: “I’ll never forget the support from the Monte staff in my difficult days. Those days of support have changed my life forever.”

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Lifting the language barrier

A lack of English-language skills is one of the most common and biggest barriers facing the families we work with in West Auckland. But Monte is working to support families to learn English and gain the skills and confidence they need to achieve their goals.

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A Self-Referral

Louise came to our organisation as a self-referral, desperately looking for a house because her husband had been brutally attacked. Due to this Louise with her three children, had become homeless and where living in extreme overcrowded situation.

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Reunification

Maryanne’s children have been in the care of other whanau members in relation to concerns with Oranga Tamariki. Maryanne, with the support of OT and other NGO’s, was able to turn her life around and aimed to having her children back.



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A Desperate Referral

MCHT received a desperate referral from the Wilson Centre Social Workers in the North Shore. They had a 4 year old boy who had been involved in a serious car accident when driving with his grandmother.

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Finding a place to call home

It has been a long journey for Carol, and along the way she believed she would never experience the joy of finding a place for her children to call home.

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The Moala's are back on track

Husband Saimone and wife Eleni Moala and their five children are facing 2017 with hope for a better future thanks to Monte Cecilia’s 12 week re-housing programme.

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From sharing to owning a home

Back in 1988 Monte Cecilia assisted a mum and her two young children in need. Due to a relationship break up, this young mum, Cecilia, moved to Auckland with her two pre-school children.

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Mason and Rose are on their way

According to the 2013 Census, there were 100,000 people living in overcrowded and sub-standard housing in Counties Manukau. Mason and Rose were one such family who lived in the garage on a property that housed another family of seven.  

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A big thanks from Arnita and her kids

After spending four months at Monte Cecilia House, Arnita Kukutai and her two children have moved into a home of their own.

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Nothing like a garden of their own!

When the Ieru family moved last November from Monte Cecilia Housing Trust’s centre in Mangere to a home of their own in Manurewa, they took with them a garden pack and the skills they had learnt.

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