September 13, 2023
Home ownership policy needed for Māori
Māori housing network Te Matapihi says the housing crisis for Māori won’t improve if Governments continue to see social housing and renting as the only viable solutions.
Only 47 percent of Māori live in an owner-occupied home, compared with 70 percent of pakeha.
Te Matapihi chair, Ali Hamlin-Paenga, says home ownership is directly linked to better health and wellbeing – and Government needs to resource Māori to come up with their own solutions including papakainga developments.
“We’re not just about putting us in a thing with four walls. There’s more to sustainable housing, being on our land, being able to be Māori in the way in which we live, creating those communities and allowing us to drive that and scaling up on the policy to allow us to do that in all sectors, not just in the housing space,” she says.
Ms Hamlin-Paenga says Labour was on the right track with its support for community housing providers in areas affected by cyclone Gabrielle – and she wants to see those programmes extended.