Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing Hon Nanaia Mahuta congratulated two community organisations, Te Whanau o Waipareira and Te Hononga o Tamaki me Hoturoa, for their commitment to improving housing in the Auckland region.
“We invested $1.98m with Waipareira to enable the completion of 49 urgent housing repairs and 20 DIY workshops. We also invested $520,000 with Te Hononga to complete 23 urgent housing repairs and 15 DIY workshops. This is an excellent investment into the wellbeing of our people.
“Poor quality housing is detrimental to whānau wellbeing, and many whānau have been living in substandard housing for many years.
“Better housing has real intergenerational impacts on the health and wellbeing of whānau, especially our tamariki,” Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.
Te Puni Kōkiri has supported community-led projects throughout the motu and the benefits for whānau and community are substantial. They work through community providers to ensure whanau with high health needs get support for their essential repairs and receive much needed wrap-around services.
“In last week’s Budget we announced an additional $40 million towards Māori housing over the next four year. This will ensure more whānau will access healthy, affordable, secure homes.
“A whānau-centred approach recognises the needs, strengths and diverse aspirations of whānau and communities. It supports whānau and Māori to be self-determining,” Minister Mahuta says.
The Māori Development initiatives in Budget 2019 support whānau aspirations to live in a healthy home, develop their whenua, have increased opportunities for employment and to revive te reo Māori.