Te Matapihi Media Release - KiwiBuild Reset

Media Release

6 September 2019

KiwiBuild Reset could make a real difference for whānau

National Māori housing advocate, Te Matapihi, welcomes the government’s much anticipated announcements on the KiwiBuild Reset.

“It is well known that Māori home ownership rates have fallen significantly below those of the general population, and this has serious intergenerational impacts. A $400 million investment in progressive home ownership could make a real difference for whānau who may not be able to afford a home otherwise”, says Acting General Manager, Wayne Knox.

“Many whānau have already benefitted from shared equity and similar products offered by community housing providers, such as at Waimahia in Manurewa. And a number of iwi have successfully adopted progressive ownership strategies of their own, knowing that home ownership can provide long term economic security for their beneficiaries. Although there are now 11 registered Māori community housing providers around the country, they only deliver 3% of community housing, and that proportion needs to lift.”

Te Matapihi and Te Puni Kōkiri recently hosted a national hui around alleviating the financial barriers to building on Māori land. There was strong interest by participants in the development of a progressive ownership model that works on collectively owned Māori Land, and which takes into account unique regional circumstances, especially in deep rural areas. The hui also recommended direct Crown lending and Crown guarantees as critical to increasing the volume of affordable housing available on Māori land.

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