Kaitaia homeowners to move into Papakinga homes

Dean Nathan
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Ko te whakanoho i ngā whānau Māori ki roto motuhake ake i ō rātou ake whare te arotahi a te rōpu He Korowai Trust, kua whā tau e whakapau ana i ōna kaha ki te whakatū papakāinga i Kaitaia. Ā, kei te pari haere tōna ihu.

He roa te tatari engari kua timata ngā kainoho te nuku ki ngā whare i te papakāinga o Whareora.

“I got the keys to my home, it’s still a little bit surreal actually.  I think once everything is in place and put together, I think it will really hit me but I'm really ecstatic at the moment,“ hei tā Rosalina Reihana from Ngāpuhi.  

He whare kāwana ēnei nō Ukutōia i roto o Tāmaki i tohua kia whakahinga.  Ka mutu, ka hurihia tēnei whenua i Kaitaia hei papakāinga mō ngā whare iti rawa te utu, arā kotahi rau toru tekau mano tāra mō te hoko.

E ai ki a Rick Haughton nō He Korowai Trust, “the dream is beginning for 17 adults and 43 tamariki who are moving from some of the most horrible living conditions you could imagine.  There’s been a lot of lessons learnt aa it’s been a journey of hope and discovery but what we have ended up with is an affordable Maori home ownership model that can hopefully be rolled out to other regions to our relations throughout the country.”

E whitu rau rua tekau mano tāra te putea i tohaina e te kawana ki a He Korowai Trust hei hoko i tēnei whenua hei kāinga mō ngā whānau neke atu i te rua ngā tamariki e noho ana ki roto i te rawakoretanga.

Hei tā Reihana, “I own it yeah, it’s mine forever! I definitely don't think I would've been able to do it without He Korowai Trusts' help, I’m really lucky.”

E ai ki a Haughton, “Māori home ownership is at its lowest levels of all time.  But what this model demonstrates is that even when housing is at its lowest levels we're going against the trend and it's a trend that we're gonna continue for Māori home owners and we're excited about that.”

Hei te tuatahi o Hurae tuwhera okawa ai te papakāinga o Whareora.