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