August 20, 2020
Hastings Maori housing boosted by shovel ready fund
Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga’s planned 50-home Waingākau development in Flaxmere has been boosted a $16 million infrastructure investment for Hastings.
The money comes from the COVID-19 shovel ready project response fund and is on top of the $12 million Hastings District Council has already set aside for housing infrastructure.
Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says there is a lack of affordable housing in the region.
Factors include rent increases, the need to house 4,500 seasonal workers every year, and that emergency, social and senior housing are all at capacity.
The Waingākau development will include homes funded under Te Puni Kōkiri’s Te Ara Mauwhare scheme, which is trialling new ways to help low to median income whānau Māori to move towards homeownership.
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