Iwi begin to express interest in buying state houses

Iwi begin to express interest in buying state houses


The Government says they have
received huge interest from Maori to buy state houses. The social housing policy initiative is not being taken up
by the Salvation Army group, and one iwi agrees it will
be a difficult challenge, but one they are willing to
negotiate with the Government on. Maori are waiting for the terms
of the transaction of state houses. Te Rarawa in the Far North
are talking with the Government and are interested in buying houses
for their homeless and become landlords for those
in social housing already. We know the majority
of those living in state houses are our people, so although it will be hard
to manage and take on that responsibility we are committed
to helping our people. The difficulties of the policy
proved too much for the Salvation Army who are not
interested in buying the houses. Haami Piripi says the maintenance
of the state houses and the cost to fix them will be one of the big
talking points with the Government in negotiating terms of a sale. Why would we buy them
if they’re falling apart? We’d then have to pay to fix them. We need to look into our options,
into buying the best houses, not lemons. They say that could be an area
where the Government could help to make the policy more appealing. The government may have something
else to offer to sweeten the deal to get things moving quicker. The Labour Party says
the Iwi Leadership Forum don’t support this programme. The Minister has heard otherwise. Over the next few months
it’ll be revealed how they will throw sweeteners in
to attract iwi interest. Irena Smith, Te Karere.

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