Doc and Kaylene had been Housing New Zealand tenants for 26 years before being helped into their own home by the organisation in June 2018.
Finding the required funds had been the biggest hurdle but with the help of a successful FirstHome grant of $14,000 and combined KiwiSaver HomeStart grants totalling $10,000 the couple were able to buy their own home, right across the street from their previous tenancy.
"Funnily enough the house we bought was the exact same layout so it feels like we’re still in the same house," says Kaylene.
Buying their own home has been a long but very exciting process, despite all the necessary paperwork, and the couple are very proud to be putting their money towards something that is truly theirs.
Their home in Gisborne had always been a family home and "was always the base for the family to gather for special occasions."
The couple now continue this trend as they share their own home with their daughter and three grandchildren.