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Charities register with UCOL

By UCOL on Friday, 29 April 2016

Wairarapa UCOL house build project

​Charities are being asked to register with UCOL if they are interested in receiving priority opportunities to purchase items built by UCOL students, such as houses.

UCOL students build houses to an almost compete stage as part of their fit-for-purpose and work ready studies. 

UCOL has worked with Charitable Trusts such as the Dugdale Trust, Arohanui Trust, Habitat for Humanity, the Cistercian Trust, and Palmerston North Street Van who have all generated valuable funds from the sale of UCOL built houses. 

UCOL Executive Dean of Trades and Technology Dr. Nicky Van der Bergh said that asking for interested charities to pre-register provides a transparent and fair process into the sale and purchase of items that have the potential to raise funds for charities and communities. "Our staff and students put in their time and learning to construct items such as houses.  With the assistance of goods donated or provided at trade prices from local businesses, it means there is the potential for someone to pick up a really good deal.  We want this to support all charities to have an equal chance of purchasing them."

Interested charities should contact Nicky for further information or to register their interest via email at

The students work acknowledges their abilities to work on 'real' buildings and projects.  The houses will be put up for sale on completion of the programmes at the stage where final fittings can be carried out by the purchaser to houses that are built to standard designs.

In previous years UCOL has partnered with some charities who have purchased student built houses and have completed the finishing to the buildings to generate substantial profits for their communities.  Now UCOL is providing all charities with the opportunity to be involved.