January 29, 2015
Ngati Whatua keen to expand housing
Auckland hapu Ngati Whatua o Orakei has welcomed the Government’s plans for state housing and want to be part of the action.
Prime Minister John Key has announced state houses will be sold to community providers, whose will also be able to qualify for income-related rental subsidies.
Ngati Whatua chair Philip Davis says the hapu has owned and leased one hundred homes to Housing New Zealand since 1996, as part of the settlement of its claim to what was a large state-housing area.
Its commercial arm Whai Rawa also owns and manages another 106 homes.
Mr Davis says the hapu wants to broaden its sights and understand how best to provide affordable housing options for its people, and for the wider community.
He says iwi, NGOs and community groups are well placed to deliver housing services because they often work directly with the people who most need them.
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