December 05, 2022
Māori housing programme gathering pace
Māori housing developments are starting to come to fruition, with Associate Housing Minister Peeni Henare opening 10 homes at Paapaamoa last week and another 10 at Muriwai near Gisborne on the weekend.
He says Maori leadership is appreciative of what’s being done from a zero base.
So far 939 of a planned 1000 new homes have been approved for building, 330 homes have been repaired, and the government is halfway towards its target of providing infrastructure for 2,700 sites.
Mr Henare says it’s now looking at how it can scale up even more.
“How do we continue to alter the settings, so we can get more out of housing for our people? And ultimately, home ownership is where our people want to be – but we appreciate for now that emergency housing, social housing, and a mixture of home ownership has to be done,” he says.
The Muriwai development, done by Ngāi Tāmanuhiri as part of the Toitū Tairāwhiti iwi collective with support from the Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga fund, consists of four rental single bedroom units for kaumatua and six three and four bedroom homes which will be occupied by iwi whanau on a rent-to-buy agreement over 10 years.