Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing), Peeni Henare, has today announced a $55 million investment partnership with Te Pouahi o Te Taitokerau to build up to 100 houses in the North.
“The housing challenges we face in Te Taitokerau are significant. But this Government is taking action,” Mr Henare said.
“We are working together with Te Pouahi o Te Taitokerau (a collective of Northland based Māori housing service providers and supported by Northland iwi, hapū and Ahu Whenua Trusts) to fund a prototype delivery model that will see 80-100 affordable rental homes and up to 110 infrastructure sites by 30 June 2025.
“We know that we cannot tackle this housing crisis alone. The key to success lies in partnership.”
Minister for Māori Development, Willie Jackson said today’s signing of a Heads of Agreement with Te Pouahi o Te Taitokerau solidified the partnership and formalised how the parties will work together to deliver better housing opportunities for whānau in the North.
The $55m funding provides:
- $30 million for the supply of 80-100 homes;
- $20 million to enable the infrastructure requirements for 110 sites;
- $2.31 million to cover operational costs ($0.77m annually for three years); and
- $2.69 million for project development, including capability building and technical support.
“Together, Te Pouahi o Te Taitokerau and this Government will deliver a better housing future for Māori in the North, and I look forward to the benefits our partnership will deliver to our whānau across the rohe,” Minister Henare said.