I’m proud that the new $3.8 billion contestable Housing Acceleration Fund announced recently, as part of a package designed to build more houses faster, includes infrastructure funding for papakainga and whenua Maori projects.

Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe place to call home, so we’ve announced more support for more construction apprentices, better access to first-home financial help, extended the bright-line test and removed tax loopholes that benefit property investors, tipping the scales back in favour of first home buyers.

By supporting more people into their first whare, we free up more rentals and housing options for other whanau in need.

This builds on our previous mahi, including stopping National’s state house sell-off and banning foreign speculators.

We partnered with Maori housing providers to get more whanau into homes, increased investment in papakainga, launched our new Progressive Home Ownership Fund ($400m) which includes a dedicated Maori pathway for rent-to-buy options, and focused on wraparound homelessness support services that address issues like addictions and budgeting that are currently barriers to sustainable housing for many Maori whanau.

And there’s more to do. In Budget 2020 we funded an extra 8000 new state (6000) and transitional (2000) homes. A further package specifically targeted at Maori housing and whenua is being developed for Budget 2021, released on May 20.

Tamati Coffey
Labour List MP