September 30, 2016
Maori Housing Network showing progress
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says more than 40 affordable units have been built and 243 homes repaired in the first year of the Maori Housing Network.
The network is managed by Te Puni Kokiri and supports Maori housing projects with a focus on improving the quality of housing, particularly through community based repair projects.
It has also run 32 projects to build the capacity of Maori organisations involved in housing.
Mr Flavell told the National Maori Housing Conference in Tauranga today that while the network alone won’t fix all the housing problems Maori face, it’s a good start.
The Government has come under fire for the fact the Kainga Whenua scheme, which is supposed to make it easier for whanau to get the finance they need to build on multiply-owned land, has made fewer than five loans a year.
Mr Flavell says that scheme is run by Housing New Zealand, but he has asked his officials for advice on what changes could be made to improve it.
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