July 10, 2017
PM Bill English supports Te Puea reopening
The Prime Minister Bill English has come out in support of Te Puea Marae reopening its programme Manaaki Tangata to help whanau kore kainga, homeless families into housing.
Te Puea Marae worked with almost 200 homeless whanau and individuals and the Prime Minister Bill English says the scope of the marae's mahi was extensive.
"Last year they were particularly generous because there were some real hard cases there. I think they found that when they had their doors open they were also providing some of the support that those families needed in addition to the housing," says the prime minister.
The chair of Te Puea marae, Huri Dennis says the doors will open next week but they will be focusing their attention on whanau with tamariki.
The Prime Minister says the government will also play its part in assisting whanau.
"The next thing that's going to happen is from 1 April (2018) as part of our families income package there will be quite a big increase in accommodation supplement, particularly in Auckland and west and south Auckland, where the payments haven't been adjusted since about 2006. There will be families on the 1st of April next year will be over $100 per week better off with a combination of payments for their children and for their housing costs," says the Prime Minister, Bill English.
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