November 11, 2021
Māori landlords needed for housing supply
The head of a Tauranga’s Te Tuinga Whānau Trust says helping Māori organisations provide rental housing is a critical part of addressing the housing crisis.
Tommy Kapai Wilson is applauding a partnership between Kainga Ora and Ngāi Te Rangi to develop rental property.
He says his own trust has been working with Tauranga Council and private funders, and it is currently converting a former returned services association building into emergency accommodation.
“We are trying to bring as many of our whānau together and look after them in one gathering, a bit like the papakainga principle, because that is when you can have real effect, engage with them, give them good tools, so they can get out there and become good tenants,” he says.
Tommy Wilson says Te Tuinga Whānau is working with about 200 people who need housing, but summer offers some respite as they can move into garages and tents while more permanent solutions are developed.