About $10,000 in vouchers has been donated to the Haven Trust
to kick-start its fundraising to establish a business and
home in Queenstown for families escaping from domestic
Although the trust would own the accommodation, families
would have the option of entering a rent-to-buy scheme.
It would also own a business where women would work, enabling
them to learn skills to help them eventually seek employment
Trustee Susan Cheer said about $5 million would be required
to buy the business, along with the land and accommodation on
a separate site in the resort.
The trust hoped to eventually establish sites in
Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Taupo and Auckland.
''We can go ahead [with less than $5 million] if we just buy
the management rights for the business, but continue to pay
rent for the ... land and buildings.
''We want to buy the whole business so once the Queenstown
business starts generating income ... we're not wasting money
On Sunday night the trust launched a nationwide gold coin
donation scheme. If every adult New Zealander donated one
gold coin, the trust would have sufficient funds to achieve
its goal, she said.
Ms Cheer said she and fellow trustee Ailey Ong had given
themselves 12 months to fundraise to get the Queenstown
business ''up and running''.
Anyone wishing to purchase or provide vouchers for Haven
Trust, raising money for the project, could email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Anyone wishing to make a gold-coin donation to the trust
could deposit directly into the Haven Trust account, account
number 12-3405-52603-00, with their surname as a reference.