Happiness House

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Posted 13 June, 2024
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by Léna Boss


Happiness House, established over 30 years ago by Whakatipu local Pat Bird, stands as a pillar of community support in Queenstown. From its inception, Happiness House has been dedicated to fostering a sense of community, offering a helping hand and a welcoming space for all who walk through its doors.

As a charitable trust, our mission has continually evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the Whakatipu community. Our commitment to providing free activities and social support to anyone who walks through the door remains unchanged. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a newcomer, Happiness House is here for you. We pride ourselves on being a home away from home for everyone, regardless of background or circumstance.

Our array of free activities is aimed at bringing people together and fostering a sense of belonging. For instance, our community garden connects people together whilst resourcing them with ways to be food resilient, or our Cook Around the World cooking sessions foster multicultural connections and increase the interconnection of community through food.

In addition to activities, Happiness House provides essential resources and support. Our low-cost op-shop is a treasure trove of affordable items, perfect for those looking to stretch their budgets. Our drop-in kitchen invites you to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat, fostering a sense of community and connection.

For individuals facing challenges, we offer navigation to various support services. This includes our own food support programme, providing fresh produce to the whānau we support. We also host free budget advice sessions and a community law service, ensuring community members have access to financial and legal support barrier free.

Happiness House is truly one of a kind in Queenstown. We originated here to serve our unique community, and we continue to do so with pride and commitment. Our work is made possible thanks to community grants, local donations, and the incredible support of our community. Our fundraising efforts, such as the current Winter Fundraising sale where we offer second-hand ski gear at great prices, are vital in sustaining our mission.

At its heart, Happiness House showcases the power of community. We are community supporting community, and our doors are always open. Come join us, participate in our activities, utilise our resources, and become part of the vibrant tapestry that is Happiness House. Together, we can continue to make Whakatipu a place where everyone feels supported and valued.


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