$12.6m for Māori housing Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Source: New Zealand Herald

A fund for Māori housing has been given a $12.6 million boost in a pre-Budget announcement.

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said the new funding of $12.6 million over four years would bring the Māori Housing Network's funding to $17.6 million a year for Māori housing projects.

That network was set up last year to help fund Māori groups developing affordable housing in areas of high need, and improving current housing for Māori. That included funding for infrastructure such as roading, water, and sewerage systems on Māori land used for housing.

"The Māori Housing Network is about ensuring whānau have access to safe, secure and healthy homes which in turn improve their health and wellbeing."

Mr Flavell said since it was launched last October, the fund had been used to help build 42 affordable rental homes, repair the homes of 165 whānau and fund infrastructure on Māori land which was used for social and affordable housing and papakāinga housing for 113 whānau.

He said more than a third of New Zealanders considered to be severely deprived of housing are Māori.