I truly believed I would never be a home owner – Mother of eight

By Talisa Kupenga
  • Auckland

An Auckland mother and her family of ten still pinch themselves after achieving what they thought was impossible; purchasing their very own home. Tania Webb and her partner grew up thinking they would rent forever but after one month living at her brand new property, her family wouldn't have it any other way. 

Owning a $580,000 home was something this mother of eight never thought would be a reality.

“Me and my partner come from an era where that's just the way it is you rent, that's it. You don't think about it, it's just a farfetched dream. I really did think, I truly believed that I would never be a home owner unless I won the lotto,” says Webb.

The five-bedroom family home was applied for and built within a year with no deposit thanks to hard work, strict budgeting and the assistance of Te Tumu Paeroa, the NZ Housing Foundation, and Te Awa Ora Trust.

“I have a better understanding of how to apply for a mortgage and what banks are looking for and about saving and living not day by day or week by week but living for the future.”

But who qualifies?

Te Awa Ora Trust project coordinator Janice Thompson says, “Families that there is someone working full time, NZ residents, they're earning between 65,000 to 90,000 a year combined including working for families tax credits and they are either renting or boarding and they intend to live in the house.”

Webb says, “It's not easy but I think other families like ours can do it. We live on one income and there is so many of us but we're still able to.”

The NZ Housing Foundation is looking for approximately 24 more families keen to own their own home.

More information is available on their website.