Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust general manager Paula Muddle and Mitre 10 MEGA project manager Murray Leaning sit back and relax after a manic six-and-a-half-week charity house build. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

Charity house goes on the market


Potential buyers were flying through the door for the first open day of the Mitre 10 MEGA Helicopter House Build on Saturday.

The Mitre 10 MEGA carpark site has seen up to 20 tradies onsite volunteering at one time, an endless supply of materials, a lot of late nights and a healthy dose of house building stress.

But, after just six and a half weeks, it is done. The team at Mitre 10 MEGA and New Zealand Certified Builders have built a beautiful, top spec, three bedroom home to be auctioned off to raise funds for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Endowment Trust.

“It’s done, we did it,” says Mitre 10 MEGA project manager Murray Leaning.

“I can’t believe it, seven weeks ago we had paint marks on the ground and nothing else, but now look at it, it looks amazing.”

However, Murray says finishing the build is a bittersweet experience.

“We’ve poured our heart and souls into this house, the whole lot of us, and it’s going to be really sad to see it go.”

The 149m2 open plan home features three bedrooms, one bathroom, two toilets, an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe, study, living room, kitchen, and a separate laundry.

The house can be bought as a stand-alone or in a package deal with a plot of land in Redwood Valley.

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust general manager Paula Muddle says she is absolutely amazed by the number of keen buyers and supporters who came to the open home.

“The first person who came in was a potential buyer, he just came on in and said, ‘yeah, I’d heard about it and I’ve got a potential section in town’, and I was going ‘where have you come from?’ And we’ve had a constant stream of people who are genuinely interested in buying the house, it’s great.”

Open days will be held each weekend until the house is sold at a live onsite auction on December 9, at 12pm.