June 07, 2023
Ministries team up to help Māori housing journey
The deputy chief executive of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development says a joint programme with Te Puni Kākiri will help iwi, hapū and other Māori entities address the housing needs of their whānau.
A further $200 million was earmarked for Whai Kāinga Whai Ōranga in this year’s Budget.
Kararaina Calcott-Cribb says the money can be used for everything from infrastructure and building new homes to repairing existing homes.
She says the ministries are stating to make progress in guiding Māori through the fragmented housing sector.
“We’re starting to see some of the gains that have been made through the legislation changes and certainly the establishment of the Māori housing team – which was at the request of Māori in 2019 through the National Māori Housing Conference – I think we’ve made some really big inroads to try to sort out how whānau come into the system and how the system looks after them on their journey,” Ms Calcott-Cribb says.