December 02, 2019
Ngati Toa jumps in the deep end with social housing
Ngāti Toa Rangatira is on the hunt for qualified staff who can help it manage more than 900 state houses in western Porirua as part of a partnership with the government.
Rūnanga executive officer Sir Matiu Rei says the new business, Te Ahuru Mōwai, will need between 15 and 18 people to manage the new operation.
The rūnanga is negotiating with The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Housing New Zealand-Kainga Ora and the Ministry for Social Development to take over tenancy management from next July for 25 years.
Ngāti Toa will be responsible for brining the homes up to the new tenancy standards.
“That’s going to cost millions of dollars and we’re reliant on the rentals that are coming in to do that. Whatever we get, if there are any surpluses and there will be some surpluses, that goes towards upgrading those houses so people will be warm, people will be safe in those houses,” Sir Matiu says.
The deal gives Ngati Toa the opportunity to build additional houses or units which can be used for social housing.
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