Press release: Hon Tariana Turia
Associate Minister of Housing Tariana Turia today announced the
establishment of a National Māori Housing Unit within the Ministry
of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) to co-ordinate
strategic Māori housing policy across government.
The Māori Housing Unit will also support the implementation of
He Whare Ahuru He Oranga Tangata - The Māori Housing Strategy which
was announced recently. This strategy sets out six directions for
improvement in Māori housing over the next 10 years.
"The establishment of the Māori Housing Unit is another step in
the Government's plan to improve housing for Māori, who more than
other New Zealanders are affected by overcrowding, substandard
housing and low levels of home ownership," says Minister Turia.
The Māori Housing Unit will in turn be supported by a Māori
Housing Reference Group made up of Māori business and housing
"I am also announcing today that the funding provided by the
Government through the Kāinga Whenua Infrastructure Grant and the
Māori Housing Fund to support Māori housing development will be
administered by the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency Te
Pou Matakana," says Mrs Turia.
"This organisation is working at a grass roots level to help
meet the needs of whānau and families and provide the right kind of
support that enables them to realise their potential.
"We want to see more Māori organisations involved in building
houses, managing rental tenancies, providing affordable rentals and
developing home ownership programmes for Māori whānau.
"By incorporating the Whānau
Ora approach to include housing needs, whānau and families can
achieve realistic goals. Te Pou Matakana is well placed to work
with Māori organisations to help deliver this vision.
"Our future direction must be driven by strategies in which
Government and Māori can work closely together to achieve mutual
interests. The Productivity Commission concluded that Whānau Ora
was the 'best fit' approach for Government to progress Māori
"Today's announcements, combined with the Government's social
housing reforms, the right of first refusal over surplus land as a
result of Treaty settlements and the transfer of Housing New
Zealand homes to community housing providers are designed to give
Māori more control over how best to meet their housing
needs," says Mrs Turia.