MP Heatley, Minister of Housing fails NZ housing Facts 101 (along with 7,000+ whanau)

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RadioNZ reported today that a housing loan programme backed by the government to assist Maori wanting to build on homes on ancestral lands had made just 4 loans in 2 years. The programme was developed to address the problem of building on land that is has multiple owners (i.e. papakainga) which find getting loans to build difficult, as the land can’t be sold. As a result, Housing NZ developed the Kainga Whenua loans, which were made available through Housing NZ and Kiwibank.

RNZ reveled that the 4 loans (over 2 years) totaled just over $650K.

The fact that a government scheme develop for Maori (without any buy-in or consultation with Maori) is failing is not particularly unique, what is interesting however, is what Sue Bradford pointed out today on her Facebook page, that being the fact that Minister Phil Heatley in response to a question from Leader of Mana, MP Hone Harawira, that the programme had been “very successful” leading Bradford to the conclusion that clearly [he] “has a different definition of success than the rest of us”.

In response to the RNZ article, Chief Advisor Maori for the corporation, Tamati Olsen, said it was days for the product and it’s a positive step in the right direction.

Mr Olsen says two further loans have been approved, but have yet to go through the legal process.

This however is not the case, Papakainga Loans have been available for a significant period of time (in various guises), and they have NEVER proved to be successful, with less and less whanau choosing this option each year. (Sorry at the time of writing a Masters thesis which was written in the area of NZ Housing Policy was boxed up due to us moving house 😉

So the fact that the Minister of Housing doesn’t seem to know the figures, is of serious concern, as is the fact that as a result the the funds being shifted from the Rural Housing Fund to this new more “un”successful fund leaving as Mr Harawira states, “more than 7,000 Tai Tokerau households without the badly needed renovations that had been approved”.

Questions for Oral Answer Questions to Ministers

(March 29, 2012)

Hone Harawira: Why did the Government get rid of the rural housing fund, leaving more than 7,000 Tai Tokerau households without the badly needed renovations that had been approved under the fund?

Hon PHIL HEATLEY: Because we decided to put that amount of money, plus some, into the development of new housing, particularly papakainga housing on multiple-owned Maori land or other land that Maori and iwi use. That fund has been very successful. We figured that new houses, well insulated and well designed, are much better than patching up roofs that are leaking and rusting, and patching up houses that are uninsulated and rotting, which is what happened under the previous Labour Government.

Link to Housing NZ’s Kainga Whenua Loans ->http://www.hnzc.co.nz/rent-buy-or-own/home-loans/kainga-whenua

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  1. I usually do not write a great deal of responses, but I browsed some remarks
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  2. I have a question for the minister of Housing my mother died of CANCER.. 8.5.2011 my father 20.8.2008.. ILL HEALTH …they lived in Punakitere Hokianga.. I Janniot Schneider (the wife of Arne Schneider) had to repair the Roof irons because there was a leak in the house for over 6 six years.. since 2005… the washhouse where the leak was.. the joists(top and bottom plates, dwangs and noggings were saturated..) I only added ONE new sheet of corrugated iron… that repair would have costed 30NZD at the most for this repair my father waited and died before the insulating could be started.. they never bothered coming anymore…NO ONE CAME.. then my mother diagnosed with CANCER 2009.. long needed INSULATION… did not come… SHE DIED.. HOW many more Maori have to die.. with a record Death of Maori in 2011(Highest ever recorded.. in the history of Aotearoa)… We will be persuing redress for these inexcusable.. blunders.. WE ARE NOT AMUSED! UN

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