10 Mar 2012

New homes for kuia, kaumatua in Tauranga

10:48 am on 10 March 2012

A Bay of Plenty incorporation is to officially open 10 new homes built for Maori on Maori land on Saturday.

The batch of cedar-clad houses has been constructed for elders in Tauranga.

Local rangatahi doing carpentry apprenticeships did some work on the project.

A trustee of Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporated, Victoria Kingi, says the homes have been a vision for more than 20 years.

They were built in conjunction with a Housing New Zealand fund, called the Maori Demonstration Partnership.