Extended Updates

Extended Building Updates

December 2023
Funds left to raise now below $100k.

June 2023
$125,000 left to raise to finish funding the project.

November 2021
We have just completed repaying the loaned funds. Now there is about $200,000 left to finish funding the project.

2 October
Temporary sign installed on the road side. We are aiming for a digital option as soon as we can confirm suitable technology and funding.

1 October 2020
Code Compliance Certificate issued. This essentially completes the project from a legal point of view and allows us to open to the public.

24 September
Final inspection and pass for building complete.

22 September
Blinds installed. These help control the heat, sun and give privacy.

24-27 August
This week we moved the book shop and the rest of the offices and began setting up.

18-21 August
This week we started moving all of the production and storage areas into the new building.

14 August
Permanent 3 phase power supply connected.

13 August
Phone system installed.

24 July
Carpark concrete poured.

29 June
Fibre Internet installed.

22 June
Vinyl floor coverings laid.

2 June
Kitchen assembled and installed. Bench top ordered. Network & data rack installed.

31 May
With skilled volunteer help we felled a large tree on site which was deteriorating and will prove a safety risk.

20 May
Upstairs painting completed and lights and power outlets fitted. Starting downstairs.

11 May
The kitchen was designed during lock down and has been manufactured and arrived on site.

4 May
Interior painting is starting upstairs while plastering continues downstairs.

28 April
First day back on site after lock down. Builders and plasters back in progress.

25 March
Last day onsite as country goes into lock down due to Covid-19. Interiors linings are basically all on and plastering has started upstairs.

9 March
Interior linings start going on.

25 February
Interior doors arrived and fitted.

20 February
A meeting with all the professionals and council to tidy up the paperwork for any changes and amendments that have been made along the way.

30 January
12.5 Tonnes of Gib board lining delivered, ready to start on the walls.

5 January 2020
Exterior painting completed!

28 November
Electrical and data wiring is being fitted.

3 December
Plumbing fitted ready for the wall linings. Painting continuing.

29 November
Lockup stage reached withoutside cladding almost complete and paint preparations started.

26 November
Staircase fitted. Now we don't need ladders to get to the upper floor!

8 November
Passed pre-cladding inspection, ready to start lining the exterior walls

6 November
Parapet roof area prepared and installed.

30 October
Most external windows and doors have been installed.

23 October
Roof installed and building wrap fitted! The building is looking closed in.

14 October
Passed pre-roof inspection. Roofers have started on the fascia and guttering.

14 October
Just paid the bill for erecting the
framing and trusses - Only $9200 short of funds, which we were able to borrow from another fund until it is raised!

3 October
All the external openings were measured up for the windows and doors to be manufactured.

25 September
Met with architect onsite to discuss construction details and some adjustments that can be made.

6 September
The main wall framing is all in place! Trusses have arrived for the back part of the building.

5 September
After looking at progress on site, we've decided to make better use of some space so are making a modification to a small area upstairs. Working with the architect.

26 August
Scaffolding is being erected. - More than one company really wanted the job due to the busy site exposure, which saved us a couple of thousand dollars!

5 August
The timber framing arrived and workers have started to erect it.

29 July
Unfortunately due to some details in the plans the framing will be delayed a week.

25 July
Drainlaying around the building installed.

1 July
Foundation laid today!

21 June
All foundation prep complete and passed the pre-pour inspection.

14 June
The engineer has inspected and passed the foundation reinforcing.

31 May
Foundation form work is being built.

6 May
Building Consent granted!

3 May
The earthwork contractors are finished on site today! The building base is now ready to build on!

30 April
The site is back-filled with gravels and almost ready for the foundation to be laid.

15 April
Today is a turning point. The site has been cleared and we are now actually being constructive. One boundary fence is being replaced and we are marking out to start digging for the foundation and carpark.

9 April
Today the old house has been demolished to make way for the new building. Work has also started on the new vehicle entrance and site clearing.
See a video here.

1 July
Foundation laid today!

21 June
All foundation prep complete and passed the pre-pour inspection.

14 June
The engineer has inspected and passed the foundation reinforcing.

31 May
Foundation form work is being built.

6 May
Building Consent granted!

3 May
The earthwork contractors are finished on site today! The building base is now ready to build on!

30 April
The site is back-filled with gravels and almost ready for the foundation to be laid.

15 April
Today is a turning point. The site has been cleared and we are now actually being constructive. One boundary fence is being replaced and we are marking out to start digging for the foundation and carpark.

9 April
Today the old house has been demolished to make way for the new building. Work has also started on the new vehicle entrance and site clearing. See a video here.

2 April
Yesterday we got clearance that the asbestos has all been removed from the existing house. Today the roof and many windows/doors a were taken out. We sold many of these and raised over $2500 more to the fund.

12 March
Today we confirmed the builder for the project. We look forward to working with Glen Davidson and his team.

4&6 March
We have been working onsite clearing out and meeting people who bought items. We raised over $2000!

3 March
We had a working bee to remove fittings and fences the property. See photos here

26 February
Today the power was disconnected from the old house and we met with our demolition contractor.

24 February
A few willing helpers went onsite today to list anything of value to sell off and raise some funds.

18 February
Tenants have now vacated the house so we can begin onsite work. We expect building consent next week.

4 February
Gathering extra information requested by the council for building consent.

20 December
The application for Building Consent was lodged with the local council.

29 November
The Architect, Fire Engineers and Structural Engineers are nearing completion of their plans.

26 October
Good progress has been made on the drawings. The architects and engineers have been keeping in touch details are sorted.

8 October
We have chosen a new architect due to delays and no progress.

9 August
Today we met with the architect to discuss the details for him to draw up the detailed plans.

10 July
We have just received a Geotech report for the property. This is used to determine the foundation type needed for the building. There is good solid ground as we anticipated!

29 June
Vendors have now moved out and the property is vacant. We have conducted a few basic repairs and intend to rent the house until work starts.

20 June
We have been working with a draughtsman to develop the building plans as well as preparing other details for the building.

1 June
Today we took possession of the property! This completes the first stage in the project and to date it is debt free.

27 April
Today we confirmed the purchase of the property and plan to settle on June 1.

12 April
We have just received notification that the Resource Consent has been approved! This means that we now have Local Council permission to proceed with this project and we can begin to move forward.

27 March
The Commissioner has received the council's response and has closed the hearing. We next anticipate his decision. The latest this should be received is April 19. We have also received a boost in funding through donations!

13 March
We presented landscape plans, comments on a proposed condition, and details on materials to be used in the building. We have also had some incidental expenses so we have slipped back about $1500 in the fund.

1 March
The hearing went well today but has been adjourned for more information to be presented.

15 February
Today we submitted our evidence for the resource consent hearing.

2 February
This afternoon we received the Council's report for the hearing. This gives some useful guidance in our preparation.

31 January
Good News! Enough funds have been raised to cover the purchase of the property!

23 January
Met this morning with the planning consultant and had a positive discussion and appreciate his experience and input.

18 January
We have a date set for the hearing on March 1.

11 January
We have engaged a Planning Consultant who has been very helpful due to his experience. After we shared the project with him he said that he was a Christian and will offer his services at a discount rate! Over the holiday period not much other progress has been made with companies and council closed but funds have continued to grow. We have been able to cover the month's costs (legal and council) and the fund has still grown to within $2,800 from the property purchase goal. We will continue to close that gap and then work toward covering the hearing costs.

21 December
Fortunately the vendors have been generous enough to offer a further extension to 29 March 2018 to allow for the hearing period. We have made good progress on the building design. Just $7,500 away from the property purchase.

12 December
Submissions close today. We received 9 supporting (thank you) and 2 opposing submissions. Unfortunately the opposers have requested to be heard so we will need to work through the hearing process.

5 December
Some positive submissions are being made to support the Resource Consent application. Submissions close one week today. We are continuing with developing and refining plans for the building and surroundings in anticipation of the consent being approved.

15 November
The public consent process has started today and closing December 12. We have been blessed with an extension with the vendors to cover the this extra time!

8 November
We've just received notification that the Council have decided to publicly notify our Resource Consent application. This means that members of the public will have the opportunity to support or oppose the application. This will take 20 working days and then a final decision will be made after this time. In the mean time funds have continued to come in and we are only about $12,500 from having the funds needed to purchase the property. Thanks for your support and prayers!

3 November
We had an interesting ‘coincidence’ this week. We are making a conscious effort to save spending in other areas. We have money held for special projects and recently everything was in place to get copies of the Great Controversy in the Fijian language printed. We were reticent to spend the money but decided that we should not hold back. We sent off the payment to get the books printed. Soon after a cheque arrived in the post from the USA, from a group who had spent the last 3 months collecting funds for that project. When we converted the cheque to NZ dollars it is within about $10 of the amount that we sent to fund the books! It is like God says, don’t worry about the money, that is my business!

25 October
At present we are waiting on the council to process the resource consent. In the meantime we have opportunity to continue to raise funds for the property purchase and building expenses. Right now we are just $27,000 short of the property purchase goal.

13 October
The notification process will take considerably more time and so we requested an extension from the vendors and we were pleased when they allowed an extra 2 months! We have adjusted the consent application to give some more information on the total building plan since there were some questions around this part of it. It also means that rather than applying for the basic addition with mention of the full building, this allows us to actually build the full building (or just the addition) as funds allow. This extra time gives opportunity to raise the remaining funds.

9 October
Since some affected parties have chosen to not complete the consent forms some other processes will happen.

4 October
We just knelt as a team and had a word of thanks because this morning the building fund has reached over $200,000!

3 October
The local council want ‘affected parties consent’ for the project. This has its share of complications. Fortunately Damon had done this before for a personal project (God must have been using it for training). He threw himself into preparing the necessary paperwork. We obtained half of the consents we required and some positive feedback from neighbours.

28 September
We have had three exciting updates today. First we had a call from a man who had just lost his job, but he still wanted to give thousands toward the project. Second, we had a lady who found some unsent cheques from her mother who died about 7 years ago, she honoured them and sent the funds to this project. Thirdly we have just reached half of the necessary funds for the first stage of this project in actual funds in the bank! God is blessing!

25 September
We've been blessed by the prayers, financial contributions, and also offers of practical assistance. We've had offers of some help towards paint, engineering, demolition, electrical, plumbing, drainlaying, heating system installation and more!

22 September
Good news! With the help of some generous loans we reached the minimum target which means the finance can be confirmed. This now gives confidence in the project and all contributions will be going to reduce that loan so that we can move onto the next stage to prepare the property for use. Thankyou!

12 September
Yesterday we sat down with the local council and had a positive discussion on making the resource consent plans work better for them and us. We have submitted updates today.

8 September
We have just sent out letters to hundreds of contacts to make them aware of this project.

7 September
Praising God this morning for the fund growing. After our staff worship we checked the bank account and there was a large donation that has boosted the fund. We are also thankful for the trickle of donations that is starting to flow.

6 September
We have received the property LIM and there appears to be no serious complications there.

4 September
We started to promote this page via social media and have had good response and interest and some donations given already. Thank you!

1 September
Details for Resource Consent have been assessed by local council staff and Lodged today.

30 August
Sale & Purchase agreement signed allowing for due diligence and fund raising. This takes us to 11th October.

This is a real challenge of faith as we only have about $101,000 in the bank for this project.

A friend spoke with us today and we shared that we had signed an agreement. They offered a donation of over $700 on the spot, this is so encouraging to get started!