Build your house so it becomes your home

“Me hanga tou ake whare he kainga mōu”

Our Government has put housing at the centre of our ambition to build a caring and decent society.

This week I have been given the responsibility of Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development with responsibility for Māori housing.

There will be plenty to do as Phil Twyford said in making the announcement, Māori home ownership sitat just 43 per cent compared to 63 per cent for the rest of New Zealand. 

Another chilling statistic Māori are five times more likely to homeless then anyone else.

It really disturbs me that over 12,700 Māori now live in severe housing deprivation – twice as many as for the total population. Including those living in overcrowded homes.

Many of our whānau have to deal with serious health impacts as a result of this utterly inadequate housing.

The good news is that partnerships with iwi and rōpūMāori are also becoming a significant feature of the KiwiBuild programme.

As Treaty settlements are completed, iwi are increasingly looking to invest their land and capital in developments that will supply much needed housing to tribal members.

The Land for Housing programme currently has, or is working on, 11 agreements in partnership with iwi for potentially 2,260 KiwiBuild units.

We are already seeing successful collaborations between Waikato –Tainui and Housing New Zealand which have created Te Kaarearea in Hamilton. This will mean 50 whānau get new homes.

To improve housing outcomes I will head a special unit that will be established for Māori within the new Ministry for Housing and Urban development. There will be an openness to the way our Government seeks to work alongside, whanau, communities and iwi.
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