7 Sep 2011

Maori Trust welcomes Auditor-General's housing report

6:41 am on 7 September 2011

A trust that helps low-income Maori families into their own homes is applauding a report by the Auditor-General on housing.

The report says government departments and councils need to make it easier for Maori to build on multiply-owned land.

He Korowai Trust, based in Kaitaia, says that would be helpful, but the government could also be working more closely with Maori.

Manager Ricky Houghton says He Korowai managed to get more than 30 Maori families into their own homes, last year.

He says the organisation has also helped families for the first five years of their home ownership with budgeting and social issues, consequently they are all still in their houses today.

He Korowai Trust also works with low-income families, both Maori and pakeha, from Tai Tokerau to Taranaki, helping them avert mortgagee sales.