Fox: From House to homes

Otago Daily Times - - Dunedin & General - — NZME

AUCK­LAND: Maori Party coleader Marama Fox is turn­ing her hand to house­build­ing af­ter be­ing ousted from Par­lia­ment.

Mrs Fox is in­volved in a re­cently­cre­ated con­sor­tium which wants to build 3000 pre­fab­ri­cated homes in the next three years for home­less or low­in­come fam­i­lies. The newly­job­less Mrs Fox said she could now fo­cus her en­ergy on the con­sor­tium.

‘‘I’m go­ing to build houses ev­ery­where,’’ she said. ‘‘They will be af­ford­able and gor­geous and they will be home­steads for fam­i­lies for­ever.’’

Ne­go­ti­a­tions are un­der way with a so­cial hous­ing provider in Flaxmere, near Hast­ings, to build the first 100 houses.

Mrs Fox’s un­named com­pany would fol­low the pa­pakainga model for hous­ing, which uses an­ces­tral or mul­ti­ple­ti­tle land for hous­ing.

By us­ing this model, build­ing at scale, and us­ing pre­fab­ri­cated hous­ing, Mrs Fox hoped some of the houses could be sold for as lit­tle as $60,000.

‘‘We have been ap­proach­ing iwi who have land that they want to put af­ford­able houses on for their whanau,’’ she said.

Mrs Fox, a list MP, lost her place in the House af­ter her party polled just 1.1% in the elec­tion and co­leader Te Ururoa Flavell lost his Wa­iariki seat.

PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY

Bright idea . . . Hear­ing New Zealand staff Luke Bovill and Ol­wyn Grey (cen­tre), flanked by Mitchell’s Tav­ern staff (from left) Michael Grant, Reece Clarke, Jadei Peek, Pi­eter van Welie, Con­nor Ropata and Natalie Lan­g­ley, wear brightly coloured shirts to raise funds for hear­ing­im­paired chil­dren.

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