May 11, 2022
Toitū Tairāwhiti housing plan gets state backing
The Government is teaming up with Toitū Tairāwhiti to build up to 150 new homes in the Eastern Bay of Plenty / Tairāwhiti region.
The iwi-based organisation has already built 51 homes.
The agreement signed this morning at Parliament follows one last month with Taranaki-based Ka Uruora to deliver 172 new homes.
Associate Housing Minister Peeni Henare says Toitū Tairāwhiti will have access to $55 million from the Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga fund.
The homes will be a mix of offsite manufactured houses from Huntly firm Built Smart and former state houses relocated from sites Kāinga Ora is redeveloping.
Last year’s Budget included $730 million for Māori housing supply and infrastructure.
Housing Minister Megan Woods says the housing crisis was decades in the making, which is being turned around through housing policy reforms and the largest Government investment since the 1970s.