It is all happening in Māori Housing with major initiatives this month which will pave the way to a national resurgence of Papakāinga homes.
In Hamilton we are seeing already the impact of KiwiBuild with the decision by the Government to make Jebson Place a Special Housing area for 80 homes. The new Hamilton homes will be a mix of private houses, state houses and homes by Waikato-Tainui. It’s hoped that these homes will sell below the Hamilton median house price of $537,000.
Up in Papakura , the first KiwiBuild houses are also taking shape in the McLennan Development. 18 three and four bedroom homes now being built will be available in August.
The other initiative I am really proud of is the test project by the He Korowai Trust in Kaitaia for a model that will mean whānau can put a roof over their heads which they can eventually own.
I find it worrying that the last census found that only 28 per cent of Māori adults owned their own homes. The rest of the country has a 50 per cent ownership rate.
It is important to remember that Budget ’18 sets aside $15 million for Māori housing. This money will go to Papakāinga development and repairs and partnerships between Te Puni Kōkiri and Māori in housing.