Labour hopes new housing policy will get more Maori into homes
A Northland family hopes Labour's new $20 million Maori housing policy will see them realise their dream of owning a home.
Northland mother of four Mereana Marsters told Maori Television she wanted to buy a house on Auckland's North Shore but high house prices and the risk of inconsistent work had been too much of a barrier.
The family, which has just moved into its second rental property in six months, hoped Labour's new targeted housing policy would help them get onto the property ladder.
On Sunday, Labour Maori development spokesman and Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis said the policy, which hinged on the ability to build on multi-titled Maori land, would provide homes for more than 20,000 Maori whanau.
It would also help more than 2500 Maori on the social housing list, Davis said.
If Labour made it to Government in September, it would expand Maori home ownership support programmes, invest an additional $20m over four years in NGOs and Maori providers who deliver support services such as budget advice, reform loan schemes, enable iwi to access mortgages collectively to build on iwi land, establish a Maori Housing Unit within the party's proposed Affordable Housing Authority, and increase the number of state houses by at least 1000 homes per year.
"Labour's Māori campaign strategy navigates a new way forward because we want to promote the positive values that are at the heart of Māori aspirations," Davis said.