November 27, 2018
New agency to cut housing red tape
A Māori housing advocate says the new Housing and Urban Development Authority may be what’s needed to cut through red tape, but social services and mindset changes are also needed to get whānau into permanent homes.
The new authority will combine KiwiBuild and Housing New Zealand.
Hurimoana Dennis, who runs a programme for the homeless at Māngere’s Te Puea Marae, says that means critical functions of planning, consenting and funding will be under the one roof.
"It gives me a sense of reassurance at this stage that all the red tape and all the middle people who became a hōhā are no longer there, so the groundwork has been set, but for our rawa kore, kainga kore who come to the whare, the home is one issue but the other issues around social service provision and mindset change, just as big, otherwise all we are doing is moving issues from left to right," he says.
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