July 04, 2018
Rush to join KiwiBuild ballot
Housing Minister Phil Twyford has announced the criteria for KiwiBuild, but it lacks a dedicated stream to address Māori need.
Since the criteria were released this morning more than 1000 aspiring homeowners have registered their interest on a site which puts them into a ballot for the right to buy one of the homes.
It’s open to first home buyers or second chancers who may have lost their home because of divorce or other circumstances.
They must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents with income below $120,000 for sole purchasers or $180,000 for couples.
Jade Kake, who wrote a pre-election analysis of policy for Māori housing advocacy group Te Matapihi, says the criteria is similar to that for the government-backed welcome home loans.
She says unless there is some targeting, KiwiBuild is unlikely to meet Labour’s election promise it would house 20,000 Māori families through the programme.
She estimate there are 25,000 Māori households in Tāmaki Makaurau that would meet the intermediate market segment Kiwibuild aims to address, and another 20,000 through the rest of the country.
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