September 28, 2022
Townhouses no fix for Māori housing woes
The Salvation Army is warning the proliferation of townhouses to address housing shortages is creating new problems for Māori and Pasifika whanau.
It’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit has just released its fifth State of Our Communities report, focusing on case studies of Royal Oak and Westgate in Tamaki Makaurau, Petone and Blenheim.
Social policy analyst Ana Ika says the shift to building town houses was noticeable.
“Across all communities there’s a huge shift away from building houses to building townhouses, so that creates issues for our whanau, Maori and Pasifika who have larger families who don’t fit in these houses so you’ve got levels of overcrowding,” she says.
Ms Ika says Maori and Pasifika people often work shifts when public transport is not available so there are more likely to be more cars in a household than the available parking.