How to buy your first home

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - SARAH NEALON

For many New Zealan­ders, buy­ing a first home can seem out of reach. But a new Maori Tele­vi­sion show aims to in­spire peo­ple to think out­side the box when it comes to own­ing prop­erty.

Called On The Lad­der, it looks at how some clever think­ing helped peo­ple who were able to buy their first homes, most of which are out­side of Auck­land.

The show trav­els to places such as Ro­torua, Hamil­ton, Huntly, Mt Maun­ganui and Ngaru­awahia.

‘‘I’m de­lighted be­cause the is­sues peo­ple are deal­ing with are ones you cer­tainly won’t get in Auck­land,’’ says the show’s pre­sen­ter Ta­hei Simp­son.

‘‘Things like de­vel­op­ing on Maori land, for ex­am­ple, and find­ing in­no­va­tive hous­ing so­lu­tions.’’

Simp­son, who grew up in the Bay of Plenty but now lives in Auck­land where she works as mort­gage bro­ker, is a mother of three chil­dren aged 10, 11 and 18. She has worked in var­i­ous in­dus­tries in­clud­ing law and fi­nance.

She spent 10 years work­ing full-time as an ac­tress, ap­pear­ing in shows such as Short­land Street and the movies Whale Rider and The Ma­trix Reloaded. But now act­ing takes a back seat to her fi­nance job.

In On The Lad­der, those peo­ple pro­filed who have now achieved home own­er­ship in­clude a sin­gle mother, young fam­i­lies, older fam­i­lies and kau­matua.

The show also pro­files the Turner whanau from Ngaru­awahia where 10 adults and nine chil­dren moved into a nine-bed­room house thanks to a $400,000 loan plus gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

‘‘We’re all in­ter­ested in prop­erty whether we own it or not,’’ says Simp­son. ‘‘All Ki­wis have a re­la­tion­ship with prop­erty and our land...

‘‘So I think the more we can see im­ages of our­selves own­ing prop­erty, es­pe­cially for Maori, that can only be a good thing and help more of us achieve that goal.

‘‘The mes­sage that I want to send in this show is that you can achieve prop­erty own­er­ship in New Zealand.

‘‘It just might not look like your tra­di­tional model and so, like with the Turner whanau, they ended up build­ing this mas­sive home and that was be­cause they were pre­pared to look out­side the square and get some­thing that fits them.’’

Statis­tics show Maori home own­er­ship rates are de­clin­ing.

Maori Tele­vi­sion pi­lots new show fo­cus­ing on home own­er­ship. The pro­gramme will fea­ture sto­ries from the Waikato.

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