Nyssa and Ty Archibald with daughters Dakota and Sienna on the deck of their newly built house in Mahana with some of the tradespeople and volunteers who donated their time and materials for free to help build the house. Photo: Monique Bergman.

Success: Ty’s friends finish his dream home


Ty Archibald’s long-awaited dream finally came true when he and his young family moved into their new home at Mahana last week.

The 35 year-old builder, who has colorectal cancer, always wanted to build his family a home on his fourth generation family property in Mahana. However, building plans were put on hold when he was diagnosed with his terminal illness in 2012.

His friends and family rallied around to make his dream a reality, and raised funds through the Givealittle website and fundraisers. Local tradespeople and builders volunteered their time and local businesses provided materials to make it happen.

Ty and his wife Nyssa wanted to thank everyone involved, and organised a celebration barbeque at their new home for all those people who had donated their time and materials to help build and landscape their new home.

“It’s more than I could ever imagine was possible. It exceeds our expectations, not just the house but how many people have supported us and helped us. Some weekends when we were landscaping there would be up to 50 people here volunteering. We didn’t need to ask people to help us at all, as soon as word got out they all just came. The hardest part of the whole project was saying ‘no thank you’, we didn’t need their help,” says Ty.

Even though he is not well, Ty was in control of the building project until it’s completion, with builders running everything past him for his approval.  His four year old twins, Dakota and Sienna, are very excited about their new house and also helped dad throughout the build.

“I never thought it would be so good,” says Ty.