Māori housing in state of emergency

The Government needs to declare a state of emergency for Māori Housing, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson and Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis.

“The extra $3 million a year Māori Housing Network fund will not scratch the surface in providing homes for those who need it in just Kaitaia alone where there are at least 49 whanau wanting a house and a further 50 individuals.

“This funding would only provide about 10 houses in Kaitaia; the rest of Te Tai Tokerau would miss out, let alone the rest of New Zealand.

“There are towns all throughout the country where whanau are equally desperate.

“This paltry extra $3 million is a drop in the bucket and shows just how out of touch the Government and their two mates in the Māori Party are. The pats on the back Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox gave themselves yesterday were a slap in the face to homeless whanau.

“Whanau in the north are living in cars, shacks, lean-tos and condemned houses according to one Māori Housing provider.

“This Budget has done nothing to address Māori home ownership, which is at an all-time low. Our young people have little hope of owning their own home.

“National and the Māori Party have wasted an opportunity to help Māori,” Kelvin Davis says.