Minister congratulates Raupunga on commitment to housing initiatives

Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today announced a further $1.2m investment in the small community of Raupunga, in the Hawkes Bay.

This investment will be used to construct a five home papakāinga on the Lemuel Te Urupu Whānau Trust’s ancestral land along with much needed housing repairs.

The land is substantially Māori freehold with some general title land returned to Ngāti Pāhauwera as part of a Treaty settlement.

Minister Mahuta congratulated Raupunga on making significant steps towards its vision of being a confident, vibrant and prosperous community.

“It is clear to me the Raupunga whānau are passionate about their community and what the future will look like for their tamariki.

“This housing initiative will not only see this small but dynamic Māori community grow but also provide the platform for the community to ensure the ongoing wellbeing of all whānau.

“Māori housing creates a springboard for a thriving whānau who can explore other development opportunities whether they be personal, business, or cultural,” said Nanaia Mahuta.

Editor’s Note: The community of Raupunga is near Wairoa north of the Mohaka viaduct.

E rere te mihi a te Minita ki Raupunga e ūpoko pakaru nei ki ngā kaupapa whare

Kua pānuitia e te Minita Whanaketanga Māori te Hōnore Nanaia Mahuta ki te motu i te rangi nei he pikinga $1.2 miriona ki te pūtea tautoko i te hapori iti nei o Raupunga, kei Te Matau-a-Māui.

Ka whakapaua te pūtea ki te hanga papakāinga me ōna whare e rima ki te whenua tuku iho o te Rūnanga Whānau o Lemuel Te Urupu, hei whakapaipai hoki i ngā whare.

He whenua korehere nō te Māori te nuinga me ētahi whenua taitara whānui i whakahokia ki Ngāti Pāhauwera i roto i te whakataunga Tiriti.

I mihia te hapori o Raupunga, tā rātou whakapau kaha hoki ki te whakatutuki i tōna wawata o te hapori tū pakari, tū ihiihi, tū rangatira.

“He mārama ki a au te maromahue o te whānau o Raupunga ki tō rātou hapori, ka mutu, ki te āhua o te āpōpō o ā rātou mokopuna tamariki.

“Mā tēnei kaupapa kōkiri e kite ai te pakaritanga ake o tēnei hapori Māori ahakoa iti, he hihiri. Ka whakatakoto anō hoki i te ara kia taea ai e te hapori te whakapūmau i te oranga o te whānau katoa.

“He huruhuru te whare Māori mā te whānau momoho kia taea ai tēnā huarahi, tēnā huarahi whakawhanake te tūhura, ahakoa take whaiaro, take pakihi, take ahurea rānei,” te kī a Nanaia Mahuta.