Start­ing when?

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

On Novem­ber 12, the gov­ern­ment an­nounced that the Ma¯ ori Hous­ing Net­work, a divi­sion of the Min­istry of Ma¯ ori De­vel­op­ment, funded by the tax­pay­ers, will be given an ex­tra $5.8 mil­lion to fi­nance hous­ing re­pairs, only of houses oc­cu­pied by part-Ma¯ ori. This is in ad­di­tion to the ex­tra $15m pro­vided in the 2018 Bud­get.

The Min­istry of Ma¯ ori De­vel­op­ment al­ready spends over $19m per an­num to “im­prove the qual­ity of hous­ing for wha¯ nau, build ca­pa­bil­ity in the Ma¯ ori hous­ing sec­tor, in­crease the sup­ply of af­ford­able hous­ing for wha¯ nau, sup­port Ma¯ ori emer­gency hous­ing providers”.

The min­istry is also manag­ing $9m over three years (2017/18 to 2019/20) to trial new mod­els to as­sist low-to-medium in­come wha¯ nau Ma¯ ori to move to­ward home own­er­ship.

Given that part-Maori tribes and other such groups have taken bil­lions al­ready from the tax­pay­ers for sundry griev­ances, is it rea­son­able to ask when they will start us­ing a lit­tle bit of that to pay for their needs/wants? LEO LEITCH Ben­ney­dale

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