May 09, 2022
Data helps drive iwi housing plans
A community data hub being piloted in Whangārei could help with decisions like building new Māori housing.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua is working with Stats NZ as part of the Mana Orite agreement between the department and the National Iwi Chairs Forum.
The Associate Minister of Statistics, Meka Whaitiri, says data can be used to identify needs and the ways iwi, hapu and whanau can start to address them.
“Ngāti Whātua themselves have identified housing as the critical goal they want to pursue so that is where we have landed and Stats NZ will continue to work with the rūnanga to ensure the information we hold is shared with them, tailored for their people, so they can make better decisions,” she says.
Ms Whaitiri says in time more iwi will be involved.