our work in the community

The opportunities we reap today are built on the work done previously and rely on the continued health of the environment we live in to continue

Over the years the business and I have received generous support, advice and assistance from a good number of people – often freely.  Some I have known at a personal level, business level and in some cases not at all.  Out of respect for all of them and as a small token of gratuity Creating Homes currently actively gives back to the community on a couple of fronts.

Provision of free labour on a monthly basis to the elderly in Marlborough who own their own home and need assistance to undertake some work on their home.

This is to a community in recognition of the personal sacrifices that they may have made and their work and contribution to society in the past which has created the opportunities we have today.

  • We provide three hours free Creating Homes labour per calendar month to an elderly homeowner who needs minor repairs and or maintenance around their personal Marlborough home.

  • Out of respect for the Homeowners privacy we do not publicise their identity without express permission to do so.


If you know or are aware of such a deserving person in the community or would like to provide additional assistance to this cause, please do get in contact with us for more details.

Volunteer as a Business Mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand

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Approximately 97% business operating in New Zealand are Small to Medium Sized enterprises (SME) with less than 19 employees and generate 28% of our GDP and employ 29% of all New Zealand employees. 

From personal experience owning and operating a SME has significant challenges in that you need to be wearing many different hats and often many of these at once.  Because the business is small there is often few people to talk through ideas, give guidance, tips or just emotional support and encouragement.  This is where a business mentor can be the difference between make or break in the success of a business. 

Over the years I have had mentors both informally and formally.  Over the past number of years and to date I have received the benefit of several business mentors through Business Mentors New Zealand (non-profit organization) who have been instrumental in getting me to where I am today.  Therefore, I strongly feel that by volunteering to personally be a mentor I can share the knowledge I have garnered over nearly 30 years in business, so they do not have to reinvent the wheel.  I believe that if we can help make those around us stronger personally and in business our local economy will be stronger which in turn will build a stronger community.