A local building company has been giving back to the community, offering construction help for deserving people – including those unable to do the work themselves, community volunteers or charities.
ReliaBuilder director, Dylan Davey, established his small company of five people this year, returning to residential building after running another company in commercial construction for the last decade.
In April, ReliaBuilder set out on a mission to find people in the community who it calls “local legends” – people who give back to the community with no intention of reward, or who may just need an extra hand.
“The idea is to give some time and resources as builders to make their lives a little easier,” Dylan says. “We believe that we should all try our hardest to give back, support each other, and elevate the strength of the community where we can.”
The company provides labour free of charge. It was inundated with responses from people recommending others who they believed deserved their help.
Their first job was with Delwyn Fletcher from Stillwater, who works at Stillwater Boating Club and needed a fence to be installed. Dylan and builder Campbell Holmes spent a day putting a 20m-long, three rail fence along the boundary of Delwyn’s property.
“After a few holes, concrete, some posts and railing and an awesome lunch from Delwyn, the fence was done. Seeing how much it meant to Delwyn from just a day’s work was amazing”.
Another project the team were excited to support was building new pens for the Saving Hope Foundation who rescue and foster puppies and dogs that would otherwise be euthanised.
The charity’s manager and founder, Janine Hinton, who started the foundation five years ago, runs Saving Hope out of her home in Dairy Flat and has over 100 puppies that she and volunteers look after.
Their existing pens were old and difficult to clean so ReliaBuilder pulled them out and built and installed new ones made from aluminum composite material with swinging doors. The company covered the cost of the materials. The material used makes the pens easier to clean and decreases the chance of disease spreading between the puppies.
“The work Janine and her team do is amazing, and we were stoked that our community project could make their jobs a lot easier,” Dylan says.
The company also helped out when Wayne Siebritz of Waiwera needed a new shower deck built and installed to make his bathroom safer as well as clearing back a public walkway over a couple of days on Ferry Road in Whangaparāoa that had become dangerous for children and other pedestrians who have to walk on the road.
“With all the madness that’s going on in 2022, it’s great to get out and support the local community. Local businesses are only as strong as the community that supports us, and now more than ever we need to support each other. We have loved getting out and doing this work and look forward to building with more locals as our company grows.”
Dylan says the team already have another couple of community jobs in the pipeline and unfortunately don’t have the capacity to take on any more at the moment.