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Doing Good Foundation builds homes and futures for local families in need. 

Our rent-then-own program helps those 

who don't have a deposit, but are
willing to work hard, into home ownership.

Our whanau. This is who it's all about.

The Doing Good Foundation works with local BOP families in genuine need to help them achieve home ownership. 

It does this by partnering with them for up to 5 years.

Families must put in 500 hours of their own labour to help build the home, this is called sweat equity. Once completed, our families rent the property from the Doing Good Foundation and, if they keep to their tenancy agreement,

the Doing Good Foundation will gift back all the net rents (after deducting operating costs e.g. rates, insurance, repairs etc.). 

The gifted back rent is used as a deposit for the purchase of the home.

The gift usually happens after 5 years, but can be sooner. This enables the family to raise a bank mortgage for the balance, purchase the home from The Doing Good Foundation and complete their journey to home ownership

How it works?
Am I eligible?

Families are considered who meet the following criteria:

  •  Lived in Tauranga area for more than 2 years

  •  Have one dependent child or more

  •  NZ Citizen or NZ Residency

  •  Never owned a home

  •  Steady Employment with moderate income

  •  Enrolled or willing to enrol in Kiwisaver

  •  Demonstrate charitable need

  • Have no serious criminal convictions or charges pending 

  • Be able to show evidence of a good tenancy history

  • Stable financial credit history

  • Have waited two years after being discharged from bankruptcy or NAP, and have re-established a good credit rating

  •  Prepared to commit 500 sweat equity hours during the building process


Please note:
DGF are currently only building homes in the Tauranga area, however, we have built in the greater BOP and are constantly evaluating new blocks of land to develop for families in need.
Watch this Space!

Qualifying Criteria
Want to assist?

The Doing Good Foundation runs a very lean operation to ensure the maximum funding goes to our Housing Families Programme. 


It could not be possible without the support of local businesses and community.

Click help out to get in touch and we can have a conversation about how we can all work together to make a real difference in people's lives. 

Do Good, Feel Good, Make a Difference

How do I apply ?

Apply now online by clicking the link below, we will assess your application and get back to you.

If you get stuck you can contact us by emailing

or if online isn't working for you then

click here for a downloadable pdf .

Submit via email or post

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