30 Jul 2017

Labour pledges to get 20,000 Māori into home ownership

3:18 pm on 30 July 2017

The Labour Party says, if elected, it will get more than 20,000 Māori into home ownership with a $20 million boost for support services.

Kelvin Davis

Kelvin Davis Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The party's Māori development spokesperson, Kelvin Davis, made the announcement at its Māori campaign launch in Auckland today.

He said Māori home ownership rates had fallen from half to a quarter in the last 30 years, and his party would invest $20m in community groups and services such as budgeting advisers.

The party also announced other measures, including letting iwi access collective mortgages to build on iwi land.

A special Māori Housing Unit would also be created within the party's proposed Affordable Housing Authority.

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