The Māori Housing Network has been set up under Te Puni Kōkiri to support Māori-led housing initiatives and develop greater Māori capability in the sector.“Te Puni Kōkiri essentially becomes a one-stop shop to work alongisde whānau and lets them know what funding is available, while also offering expert advice, information and support to help improve their housing situation”, says Mr Flavell.
Additional funding of $7.235 million for Māori housing was secured in Budget 2015, and existing funds that were administered by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have been consolidated under the Network creating a total pūtea of $14.491 million per annum.
“The current focus is on smaller scale projects that improve housing quality for whānau, build capability, and increase the supply of social housing”, says Mr Flavell.
The Māori Housing Network Investment Strategy for 2015-18 is available on www.tpk.govt.nz
Whānau can contact the Network on (04) 819 6766 or 027 555 2266, email firstname.lastname@example.org or through the website www.tpk.govt.nz or by visiting any Te Puni Kōkiri office.