March 16, 2022
Infrastructure gaps stymie housing plans
Ministers have been told Māori are ready for the Government’s Māori housing structure – but councils aren’t.
Ngātiwai chief executive Huhana Lyndon says Māori and housing ministers at last week’s MAIHI wānanga in Waitangi were briefed on a number of schemes in Taitokerau which could take advantage of the $700 million $700 million pūtea the Government has set-aside for Māori housing.
These included Te Rarawa’s plans for a subdivision at Donald Rd in Kaitaia.
“Three years of work and then when they get to the consenting stage, Far North District Council says ‘sorry, no, we don’t have the wastewater system to cope with your housing plan, aroha mai, not for the next 10 years,’ so while we have these great plans we have serious blockages in the system and infrastructure that does not cater to our needs,” she says.
Huhana Lyndon says Te Taitokerau iwi are looking for well planned, well constructed intergenerational homes, rather than the sort of state houses served up in the past.