Published Thursday 23 Apr 2020

Well Homes would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Rimutaka Prison for their recent generous donation of 200 new duvets.

The Well Homes team will give the duvets to whānau who need them as part of its COVID-19 response.

The Well Homes partnership (Regional Public Health, Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust, Sustainability Trust and the University of Otago He Kāinga Oranga housing programme) and Rimutaka Prison have enjoyed a long partnership whereby the skills and workmanship of inmates are utilised to provide local whānau with essential items to help keep their homes warm, safe and dry.

Over 59 per cent of inmates participate in this employment and industry training, with those involved gaining and developing some useful skills for future opportunities. Some of the products made for the programme have included single and cot bedding sets for tamariki, warm blankets, door snakes, fire bricks and kindling.

We know this will make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of our whānau and communities and again thank the team at Rimutaka for responding to our needs at these difficult and uncertain times.

He Waka Eke Noa – We are all in this together.

Pictured left to right: Dina Awarau (Well Homes Programme Co-ordinator), Steve Luey (Manager Industries, Rimutaka Prison) and Cheryl Davies (Manager, Tu Kotahi Maori Asthma Trust).