9 Sep 2019

From sleeping rough to path to Kaitaia home ownership

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 9 September 2019
He Korowai Trust manager Ricky Houghton

He Korowai Trust manager Ricky Houghton Photo: RNZ / Lois Williams

Sub standard dwellings, high rents, Aucklanders on the move and a lack of suitable housing are all factors contributing to the housing crisis in the Far North.

But a Kaitaia-based social services provider is offering hope for people who've been homeless, or living in sub-standard accommodation to aim for home ownership of recycled state houses. He Korowai Trust Chief Executive Ricky Houghton tells Kathryn about the Whare Ora scheme, and we hear from Hayleigh Te Hira who will move into one of the houses in a couple of weeks.