April 19, 2018
Maori keen to sway housing policy
Maori housing advocacy group Te Matapihi say the needs of Maori have been neglected for decades and it’s time for a reset.
Chair Rau Hoskins says there has been no specific policy provision for Maori since the closure of the Department of Maori Affairs at the end of the 1980s.
Monday’s Auckland Maori Housing Summit, hosted jointly by Te Matapihi and Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board, is a chance for Auckland iwi and Maori providers to discuss housing issues with key ministers Phil Twyford and Nanaia Mahuta.
It’s KiwiBuild meets iwi build, with iwi keen to be part of the government’s planning.
"With most iwi settled or about to settle in Tamaki and of course a Government with a real willingness and a stated commitment to building 10,000 houses a year it’s a good time to engage in a meaningful way with Government to help influence their policy provision here in Tamaki and across the motu," Mr Hoskins says.
Maori home ownership rates are now more than 20 percent below the national average.
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