headshot of Reverend Brad Wood, youth enabler in the Nelson Anglican Diocese

Brad Wood

Youth Enabler

Brad oversees youth ministry throughout the diocese. He has a passion for telling stories and spends his free time throwing clay on a pottery wheel.

Community housing in Victory opens up its doors

Brad Wood

Youth Enabler

Brad oversees youth ministry throughout the diocese. He has a passion for telling stories and spends his free time throwing clay on a pottery wheel.

Community housing in Victory opens up its doors

a group of people holding a sign that says Wikitoria

Victory Church, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Te Piki Ora and The Male Room have partnered together to supply temporary accommodation in the Victory community, helping to alleviate the Nelson housing crisis.

It was great to celebrate the opening of the Wikitōria community housing this Monday, alongside Rachel Boyack MP and Hon Dr Nick Smith.

I asked Rev Watiri Maina, lead minister at Victory Church, some questions about this new project.

What are the Wikitōria Cabins?

The cabins offer transitional housing accommodation to people in our local community. They are an opportunity for Victory Church to be a part of finding solutions for housing needs in Nelson. It’s about giving people a place of hope, community and belonging.

How did it come about?

In 2016 Victory Church purchased an empty lot next door. We really wanted to use the land in a way that served the local community, but an opportunity for this to happen didn’t eventuate until last year. In May 2021 we started a conversation with Habitat for Humanity, as they were looking for a space where they could meet the needs for housing in Nelson City. We then partnered with the Salvation Army as they were connected with a number of people who were in need of temporary housing. It worked out that Victory Church had the land, Habitat for Humanity had the skills to build, and the Salvation Army had connections with people who were in need. It’s been a joint partnership between these three organisations.

Why is this important?

In Victory Church, our desire is to share the love of Jesus. The Wikitōria Cabins are an expression of this. We want to be a blessing to the local community of Victory and this is a way we can physically do this. At Victory Church, we want to be a people who offer hospitality to our neighbours. There is currently a housing crisis in Nelson City, particularly after Covid, and we hope that this ministry can help to alleviate some of these needs.

When will the cabins be available?

We’re really excited to be welcoming the people who will be a part of the cabin community and we’re hoping that these cabins will be available for people before Christmas. Our greatest desire is that they will find it a place of hospitality, welcome and love. If you would like to know more please contact the Nelson Salvation Army, as they are working through applications for people to go into the cabins.

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Community housing in Victory opens up its doors

Brad Wood

Youth Enabler

Brad oversees youth ministry throughout the diocese. He has a passion for telling stories and spends his free time throwing clay on a pottery wheel.

Community housing in Victory opens up its doors

Brad Wood

Youth Enabler

Brad oversees youth ministry throughout the diocese. He has a passion for telling stories and spends his free time throwing clay on a pottery wheel.

Community housing in Victory opens up its doors

a group of people holding a sign that says Wikitoria

Victory Church, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Te Piki Ora and The Male Room have partnered together to supply temporary accommodation in the Victory community, helping to alleviate the Nelson housing crisis.

It was great to celebrate the opening of the Wikitōria community housing this Monday, alongside Rachel Boyack MP and Hon Dr Nick Smith.

I asked Rev Watiri Maina, lead minister at Victory Church, some questions about this new project.

What are the Wikitōria Cabins?

The cabins offer transitional housing accommodation to people in our local community. They are an opportunity for Victory Church to be a part of finding solutions for housing needs in Nelson. It’s about giving people a place of hope, community and belonging.

How did it come about?

In 2016 Victory Church purchased an empty lot next door. We really wanted to use the land in a way that served the local community, but an opportunity for this to happen didn’t eventuate until last year. In May 2021 we started a conversation with Habitat for Humanity, as they were looking for a space where they could meet the needs for housing in Nelson City. We then partnered with the Salvation Army as they were connected with a number of people who were in need of temporary housing. It worked out that Victory Church had the land, Habitat for Humanity had the skills to build, and the Salvation Army had connections with people who were in need. It’s been a joint partnership between these three organisations.

Why is this important?

In Victory Church, our desire is to share the love of Jesus. The Wikitōria Cabins are an expression of this. We want to be a blessing to the local community of Victory and this is a way we can physically do this. At Victory Church, we want to be a people who offer hospitality to our neighbours. There is currently a housing crisis in Nelson City, particularly after Covid, and we hope that this ministry can help to alleviate some of these needs.

When will the cabins be available?

We’re really excited to be welcoming the people who will be a part of the cabin community and we’re hoping that these cabins will be available for people before Christmas. Our greatest desire is that they will find it a place of hospitality, welcome and love. If you would like to know more please contact the Nelson Salvation Army, as they are working through applications for people to go into the cabins.

Check out other articles in the

series below.

More articles in the

series are to come.