House thrills homeless family

Standing outside their future home in Tainui are  Ki’anie Pikia, her son Galaxie (3, left) and...
Standing outside their future home in Tainui are Ki’anie Pikia, her son Galaxie (3, left) and daughter Elegance (2). Photo: Peter McIntosh.
All Ki’anie Pikia wanted was a home and now she has  one.

Life  became a lot easier for Ms Pikia after she was offered a Housing New Zealand home in  Dunedin  on Monday.

Ms Pikia had been struggling to find a home for herself and her three children since December, when the lease on her last house was not renewed.

Her plight  featured in the Otago Daily Times last week, which she believed was a major factor in her being offered a house only days later.

She was thrilled  when she received a text offering her the house.

After visiting the property she was amazed at the standard of the three-bedroom bungalow, which has two fireplaces and is freshly painted.

Having a home after months of struggle, which included resorting to sleeping in a car, would mean some much-needed stability for her family and  meant her 13-year-old daughter would be able to return  to Dunedin from Invercargill.

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

 

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