Building Project

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Key details:
Offer to Purchase property - August 2017
Due diligence and resource consent process - Late 2017
Resource consent to operate the ministry approved - early 2018
Property purchased - June 2018
Architect and Engineers developed building plans - late 2018
Application for building consent lodged - December 2018
Demolition of old house and site preparation - February to April 2019
Building consent granted - May 2019
Foundation preparation begun - Late May 2019
Foundation complete - Early July 2019
Framing delivered and being erected - August 2019
Roof trusses delivered and fitted - early September 2019
Timber detailing, fixings, bracing, inspections - September to October 2019
Roof fitted & Doors and windows installed - Late October 2019
Wall cladding fitted - Early November 2019
Outside complete and painted - December 2019
Interior systems wired and plumbed - January/February 2020
Interior linings fitted - Early March 2020
COVID19 lockdown - March/April 2020
Interior plastering and painting - May 2020
Painting completed and fittings installed - June 2020
Fitting off, detailing & floor covering - July 2020
Finishing and preparation for move in - August 2020
Moving in, furnishing and landscaping - September 2020
Complete with Code Compliance issued, Signage installed - October 2020

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The Project

Autumn Leaves has grown as we have continually sought to serve people around us. Doug and Angela Hurley originally put their all into it, but over the years it has grown beyond the current resources it has available. We appreciate your interest in our search for a new building to house the ministry and we want to use the stability that we have developed over the years as a footing for another big step forward in sharing the gospel more effectively through Christian resources and services to enhance physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Currently we use a large double garage for the retail shop space, a separate building for offices and video and print production, and  shipping container and a small converted wool shed for storage.

We need to combine these areas into one cohesive area for our staff (full and part time) to be able to work together better and add more space for a studio area for developing further into media which is become a vital way to reach out with all aspects of our message.

This current opportunity gives more potential to reach the christian and secular community than we other wise could.

We want to make the ministry more effective by:

-  Creating more workspace for the growing ministry
-  Add studio and video production space for media work
-  Have one building so the team can work more cohesively
-  Setting our light on lampstand rather than under a bushel by being in a more prominent location
-  Eliminate current problems like flooding, ventilation etc
-  Relieve Doug and Angela by moving the ministry from their personal home

Huge progress has been made toward this exciting project over the last couple of years. Talk to us about how you can be a part of scattering God’s messages of truth like the leaves of autumn!

About the Property

The property is 1000sqm on an arterial route between Christchurch and Rangiora. It closer to the business facilities we need to use, but is still near our current location so phone and postal details can remain the same. It has fast internet and courier to the door, two key things that we currently lack in our rural location. There is an older four-bedroom home on the property.

1property.jpgThe property is on a strategic route with over 26,000 cars passing the site each day. This is great public exposure and an opportunity in itself as we plan to make good use of signs.  

The property is near business zoned land but is actually zoned residential. Running the ministry from here requires Resource Consent and although this took many months to obtain it was granted in April 2018.

We had considered using the existing house and extending it but we want to aim to build the entire building shell and fit it out as we are able to. This will ultimately be more economical and provide a purpose-built building, including a larger shop, offices, work areas and a media studio. A car parking area and landscaping will also be required.

We are excited about this opportunity, and are excited that we have been able to purchase the property debt free, thanks to those who have donated so far.

Now we need to continue to raise funds for the building work. This is where we need your help!


We've broken the funding needs down into sections of progress

Pre Purchase - $27,500 - All Paid, Thank you!
This includes testing, resource consent, and consultants fees.

Property Purchase - $358,900 - All Paid, Thank you!
This includes the property purchase price and associated legal expenses.

Building consents - $60,300 - All Paid, Thank you!
This includes building design, geotech testing, Architect, Structural and Fire Engineers, Council Fees etc.

Site Preparation - $96,950 - All Paid, Thank you!
This includes House Demolition, Asbestos testing and removal, Earthworks for foundation dig out and preparation, new vehicle crossing, Boundary fence etc.
This work is now complete!

Foundation Complete - $93,920 - All Paid, Thank you!
This includes the complete cement slab ready to construct the building on. This worked out about $13,000 under estimate!

Ready for Roof - Estimated $227,150 - All Paid, Thank you!
This includes all the timber and steel framing and trusses and erecting the whole structure ready for the roof and cladding.

Lockup Shell - $182,600 - All Paid, Thank you!
This includes the roof, cladding, windows and doors so the building is completely enclosed.

Interior Linings Installed - Estimated $249,160 - Work Completed with borrowed funds
This includes all of the insulation, pre-wiring for electrical and data systems, the plumbing and ventilation ducting, and everything else that needs to be inside the walls. It also includes putting the linings on the interior walls.

Building Complete - Estimated $180,000 - Work Completed with borrowed funds
This includes the plastering and painting, the kitchen and bathroom fittings, installing the heating and ventilation outlets and lights, power outlets etc. Also the floor linings and other fixtures.

Landscape and Carpark - Estimated $75,000 - Fundraising
This includes everything outside of the building itself and is done as the inside of the building is completed. It includes carpark and earthworks, plants for landscaping, signage. We did much of the carpark earthworks during site preparation so we have a firm dry base to work on during building.

Fitting Out - Estimated $50,000 - Fundraising
Most of the internal space is kitted out so that we can move in, but the studio and upstairs offices can be completed as funds permit. We reused much of our current furniture and bulk shelving. So this includes shop shelving, additional bulk shelving, additional furniture, kitchen appliances, studio and control room fittings. Some of these are already purchased, given or being researched now.


Raised so far
Thanks to many generous donors and some interest-free loaned funds, we have essentially completed this project. We have been blessed with donations in all sort of forms including regular funds and also gold bullion, discounts of services, items useful for the project (building materials etc) and items to be sold to raise funds.

We also have loaned funds to keep the project progressing. Our goal is to replace those funds as soon as possible.

Still needed
There is still a need to cover the short fall and repay the loans. If you have been blessed or seen others blessed by this ministry, please consider how you can help to make this work prosper and reach more people as we scatter hope like the leaves of autumn.

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How You Can Help

- Nearly everybody can give something. But maybe you have been blessed with more resources that you can invest. Please consider sacrificial giving!

- Can you encourage others to give by putting up a matching fund so that as others give you can match dollar for dollar?

- Do you have funds that you can loan to this project so that the property can be purchased and we can arrange return payments over a set period? (Talk to us about details.)

- Can you give a little frequently? We have seen large projects funded by dedicated givers.

- What items do you have around your home that you don't need. Consider selling these to turn them into funds to help. Think of small items or larger items like care, furniture and housewares.

Autumn Leaves is a registered charity with a company constitution to protect givers and has its financial records processed by an independent accountant yearly. We envy the trust that has been put into us over the almost 30 years we have been serving in ministry work and are blessed with the partnerships that have developed over the years.

Tax Deductions
All donations are tax deductible for NZ income tax so that you can receive about 1/3 back at the end of the tax year. It means your $3,000 gift will only really cost you $2,000. We are happy to work with you to make this most effective.

Will you join us to further this opportunity? We have dedicated our time and available resources and we are unable to move forward without your help!

Most of all we need your prayers - both for the fund raising and the practical details to be sorted, but also that our faith may stay strong!

We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible,

       Doug, Angela, Damon, Cherie, Korina, Kent, Lena, Peter, Michelle & Malcolm.


Thank you for being willing to help!

Donate buttonTo contribute via credit card click the button to the right where you can fill in your details.

To contribute via bank transfer or cheque fill in the form below or contact us.

Our Accounts:
ANZ bank New Zealand: 01 0877 0014329 00
ANZ bank Australia: BSB 014 507 Account 4865 93335

For international payments:
Beneficiary: Autumn Leaves NZ Ltd
Beneficiary  Account (IBAN number): 010877001432900
Beneficiary Bank: ANZ  National Bank Limited (Swift or BIC code ANZBNZ22)
Banks Name: ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited
Banks Address: 85 High Street, Rangiora, Canterbury 7400, New Zealand
The place of the bank is in Rangiora

You can also pay via paypal to:

Contact us

Please contact us to learn more or to discuss ways that you can be involved and give. We are looking for those that have the resources to invest in this project in a substantial way and especially the many who can make even the smallest contributions which amount to much in God's eyes.

Contact Damon on 03 313 7762 or 027 424 8891 to discuss this project.



This is a collection of questions we have been asked and that you might have also.

Isn't time too short to spend money on these types of projects?
We have had this mentioned to us and it is something we have contemplated also. But as a good friend said, "When the work is complete then we should stop investing in it." Yes, time is short, but what else do we need to save the money for? Money is of no use when the end comes. Let's put all we can into building up the work. If the world finishes and the benefits of this building has only managed to help a few people, is that not better than money in the bank or a personal mansion?

How many people work at Autumn Leaves?
We currently have 6 full time staff and 4 part time or casual staff, some of the hours are volunteered.

What happens in the future if Autumn Leaves is dissolved?
We understand the importance of this question when giving. Autumn Leaves NZ Ltd is a registered charitable company with a constitution, this includes dissolution clauses. Contact us if you would like to see our constitution. In summary there are two main aspects as to what happens to the organisation's assets if the ministry ends. First, according to NZ Government laws, the assets/proceeds of sale must be given to another registered NZ charity. This is because tax is likely to have been claimed back on donations given. Secondly, we have elected in our constitution that the proceeds will be distributed to an organisation that has the same message and mission as Autumn Leaves. This is to honour the intent for the donations given.

If you have any further questions please feel free to ask - some one else may want to know the same thing.


"I was so glad that you had found a suitable place. And I know, I am fully confident, that if this is God's plan for you, the money will come in on time... I said to myself, 'What else can I do?' God has been so good to me over the years, and with His blessing, and my careful management, I have been able to save some of my monthly budget over the last 2-odd years. This I am adding... with some birthday money. I will deposit this into your account."

"I shall be praying for you, daily, that God's will may be done. I know you have done all you can, and God will do the rest, through His people."

“Thank-you for informing us of your position from 30 odd years back to the present. I had no idea of it being a family involved ministry and not just a commercial business. That changes a great deal. I admire your vision and purpose. I certainly would like to support you in this.”

"I feel privileged to be able to help a awesome ministry bringing people close to our Father in Heaven. Awesome news praise God, I will continue to pray for this project."

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