Good News! We have had the Resource consent approved and have confirmed the purchase of the property. Now we can move onto the next stages.
Opportunities come and go and right at the moment we have one we want to grasp. Autumn Leaves has grown as we have continually sought to serve people around us. Doug and Angela Hurley originally put their all into it, but over the years it has grown beyond the current resources it has available. This current opportunity gives more potential to reach the christian and secular community than we other wise could.
We appreciate your interest in our search for a new building to house the ministry of Autumn Leaves. We want to use the stability that we have developed over the years as a footing for another big step forward in sharing the gospel more effectively through Christian resources and services to enhance physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Currently we use a large double garage attached to the house for the retail shop space, a separate building for offices and video and print production, and two separate storage areas.
We have been wanting to combine these areas into one cohesive area for our staff (full and part time) to be able to work together better and to add a studio area for developing further into media which is become a vital way to reach out with all aspects of our message.
We want to make the ministry more effective by:
- Setting our light on lampstand rather than under a bushel by being in a prominent location
- Eliminate problems such as flooding which we currently get
- Separate the ministry from Doug and Angela’s personal home
- Have one building to allow our team to work more cohesively
- Create more workspace for the growing ministry and media work
Over the last couple of years we have examined many options to make this possible and we now have the opportunity to purchase a property that is one of the best options we have found but also with much potential.
We currently have this property under contract and are working on the Resource Consent process.
The property is 1000sqm on an arterial route between Christchurch and Rangiora. It closer to the business facilities we need to use, but is still near our current location so phone and postal details can remain the same. It has fast internet and courier to the door, two key things that we currently lack in our rural location. There is an older four-bedroom home on the property.
The property is on a strategic route with about 24,000 cars passing the site each day. This is great public exposure and a witnessing opportunity in itself as we plan to make good use of signs.
Running the ministry from a residential property does require Resource Consent and we worked through this process since September 2017. This was finally granted in April 2018. The property is near business zoned land and there are four other residential zoned properties in the immediate vicinity that are running as established businesses.
We had considered using the existing house as offices, production areas, and kitchen/bathroom facilities, and extending to the front of the house to use as the retail shop and storage area. While this is a possibility if there are limited funds, we want to aim to build the entire building shell and fit it out as we are able to. This will ultimately be more economical and provide a purpose-built building, including a larger shop, offices, work areas and a media studio. A car parking area and landscaping will also be required.
We are excited about this opportunity, and are working on confirming the purchase of the property.
In the meantime we have been able to raise enough funds to purchase the property and continue to raise for the building work. This is where we need your help!
We have raised the target $355,000 to be able to purchase the property! Thank you to those who have contributed!
We anticipate needing a minimum of $200,000 approx to do the most basic extension to make the property usable. This will include an addition to the current house, car-parking and landscaping. This is not a desired option.
We are going to aim to build the entire building shell straight away and kit it out as we are able. We have had plans drawn up by an architectural designer. This will require an estimated $500-600,000. About half of the internal space will need to be completed so that we can move in, but the studio, storage, and some office space can be completed as funds permit.
Carpark and Landscaping
We have initial quotations that indicate we will need to allow about $50,000 for the vehicle crossing, carparking and landscaping.
Raised so far
Thanks to many donors giving, we have completed the first stage of the project and are on the way to funding further stages.
We need you to invest in this project in whatever way you can. If you have been blessed or seen others blessed by this ministry, please consider sacrificing to make this work prosper and reach more people as we scatter God’s message of truth like the leaves of autumn before opportunities close.
- Nearly everybody can give $50 or $1000. But maybe you have been blessed with more resources that you can invest. Please consider sacrificial giving!
- Can you encourage others to give by putting up a matching fund so that as others give you can match dollar for dollar?
- Do you have funds that you can loan to this project so that the property can be purchased and we can arrange return payments over a set period? (Talk to us about details.)
- Can you give a little frequently? We have seen large projects funded by dedicated givers.
Autumn Leaves is a registered charity with a company constitution to protect givers and has its financial records processed by an independent accountant yearly. We envy the trust that has been put into us over the almost 30 years we have been serving in ministry work and are blessed with the partnerships that have developed over the years.
All donations are tax deductible for NZ income tax so that you can receive about 1/3 back at the end of the tax year. It means your $3,000 gift will only really cost you $2,000. We are happy to work with you to make this most effective.
Will you join us to grasp this opportunity before the 11th of October? We have dedicated our time and available resources and we are unable to move forward without your help!
Most of all we need your prayers - both for the fund raising and the practical details to be sorted, but also that our faith may stay strong!
We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible,
Doug, Angela, Damon, Cherie, Korina, Kent, Lena, Peter, & James.
Thank you for being willing to help!
To contribute via bank transfer or cheque fill in the form below or contact us.
ANZ bank New Zealand: 01 0877 0014329 00
ANZ bank Australia: BSB 014 507 Account 4865 93335
For international payments:
Beneficiary: Autumn Leaves NZ Ltd
Beneficiary Account (IBAN number): 010877001432900
Beneficiary Bank: ANZ National Bank Limited (Swift or BIC code ANZBNZ22)
Banks Name: ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited
Banks Address: 85 High Street, Rangiora, Canterbury 7400, New Zealand
The place of the bank is in Rangiora
You can also pay via paypal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact us to learn more or to discuss ways that you can be involved and give. We are looking for those that have the resources to invest in this project in a substantial way and especially the many who can make even the smallest contributions which amount to much in God's eyes.
Contact Damon on 03 313 7762 or 027 424 8891 to discuss this project.
Contact us to contribute to this fund or click the button to the right to donate via credit card. You can also deposit directly into our account with the reference “Building Fund”.
ANZ bank New Zealand: 01 0877 0014329 00
ANZ bank Australia: BSB 014 507 Account 4865 93335
This is a collection of questions we have been asked and that you might have also.
Isn't time too short to spend money on these types of projects?
We have had this mentioned to us and it is something we have contemplated also. But as a good friend said, "When the work is complete then we should stop investing in it." Yes, time is short, but what else do we need to save the money for? Money is of no use when the end comes. Let's put all we can into building up the work. If the world finishes and the benefits of this building has only managed to help a few people, is that not better than money in the bank or a personal mansion?
How many people work at Autumn Leaves?
We currently have 4 full time staff and 6 part time or casual staff, some of the hours are volunteered. On Tuesdays we usually have 8 staff here at one time so it is become a busy place and we are shuffling work stations!
What happens in the future if Autumn Leaves is dissolved?
We understand the importance of this question when giving. Autumn Leaves NZ Ltd is a registered charitable company with a constitution, this includes dissolution clauses. Contact us if you would like to see our constitution. In summary there are two main aspects as to what happens to the organisation's assets if the ministry ends. First, according to NZ Government laws, the assets/proceeds of sale must be given to another registered NZ charity. This is because tax is likely to have been claimed back on donations given. Secondly, we have elected in our constitution that the proceeds will be distributed to an organisation that has the same message and mission as Autumn Leaves. This is to honour the intent for the donations given.
If you have any further questions please feel free to ask - some one else may want to know the same thing.
"I was so glad that you had found a suitable place. And I know, I am fully confident, that if this is God's plan for you, the money will come in on time... I said to myself, 'What else can I do?' God has been so good to me over the years, and with His blessing, and my careful management, I have been able to save some of my monthly budget over the last 2-odd years. This I am adding... with some birthday money. I will deposit this into your account."
"I shall be praying for you, daily, that God's will may be done. I know you have done all you can, and God will do the rest, through His people."
“Thank-you for informing us of your position from 30 odd years back to the present. I had no idea of it being a family involved ministry and not just a commercial business. That changes a great deal. I admire your vision and purpose. I certainly would like to support you in this.”
"I feel privileged to be able to help a awesome ministry bringing people close to our Father in Heaven. Awesome news praise God, I will continue to pray for this project."