Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust mark milestone

Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing Hon Nanaia Mahuta congratulates the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust on its latest initiative to provide safe, secure and affordable housing. 

Minister Mahuta today visited Te Puna Wai, the Trust’s Wainuiomata papakāinga development, to celebrate the opening and blessing of the first show home. 

Te Puna Wai is a mixed tenure housing development that will be completed over two stages, using treaty settlement land. 

“The people of Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika have made a long journey to be able to make full use of whenua returned to them, and I commend their commitment to this papakāinga,” Minister Mahuta says. 

Te Puni Kōkiri has assisted the Trust with a $2.6 million investment to support infrastructure costs for 23 housing sites, and the construction of 11 kaumātua rental homes. 

“We know that when the Government works alongside Māori communities, the housing aspirations of whānau Māori can be achieved to support thriving whanau. 

“I would also like to acknowledge the Trust’s approach of taking up every opportunity offered to them that will improve the lives of their whānau,” Minister Mahuta says.  

The Trust is part of the Te Puni Kōkiri Te Ara Mauwhare trial, where the Government is working with iwi and rōpū Māori to find ways of getting whānau Māori into home ownership. $1.695 million was provided to the Trust to support the construction of 15 homes that will be sold to whānau, who are members of the iwi, under a shared equity agreement.   

These whānau will also receive financial mentoring and support through the Sorted Kāinga Ora programme, which is giving Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika whānau the tools to have greater understanding and confidence over their financial capability. 

“These initiatives will strengthen whānau and communities. Not only improving housing but also providing opportunities to learn skills, offer employment opportunities, improve health and income, to work towards creating intergenerational wellbeing,” Nanaia Mahuta says.                                                      

Kua ekea e te Rūnanga Whakatau Kokoraho a Pōneke te pae tata i te hīkoi papakāinga 

Kei te mihia te Rūnanga Whakatau Kerēme a Pōneke(te Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust) e te Minita Whanaketanga Māori, te Minita Tuarua o ngā Whare hoki te Hōnore Nanaia Mahuta mō tana kōkiritanga ki te whakarite whare haumaru, pai hoki te utu.

Nō te rangi tonu nei i tatū atu a Minita Mahuta ki Te Puna Wai, te whanaketanga papakāinga o te Rūnanga ki Wainuiomata ki te whakanui i te whakatuwheratanga me te mānawatanga o te tauira kāinga tuatahi.  

Ko Te Puna Wai he whanaketanga whare o ngā momo kaipupuri ka hangaia ai i roto i ngā wāhanga e rua i runga i ngā whenua i whakahokia mai i ngā whakataunga tiriti. 

“Kua roa te haerenga o te iwi o Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika kia taea ai te whakamahi katoa i te whenua i whakahokia atu ki a rātou, nei rā au te whakamihi i tā rātou ngākaunui mai ki tēnei papakāinga,” te kī a Minita Mahuta. 

Nā Te Puni Kōkiri te pūtea tautoko ki te Rūnanga he 2.6 miriona tāra te nui ki te tautoko i ngā utu hanganga mō ngā wāhi whare rua tekau mā toru, tae atu ki te hangahanga o ngā whare rīhi tekau mā tahi mā ngā kaumātua. 

“Kei te mōhio mātou ina mahi tahi te kāwanatanga ki te taha o ngā hapori Māori, ka taea ngā whakangākau o ngā whānau Māori te whakatutuki hei tautoko i ngā whānau e momoho ake nei – he tino tauira tēnei tuituinga o tēnei āhuatanga. 

“Kei te haere tonu ngā mihi ki te ara i whāia e te Rūnanga o te whakaae ki ngā momo tautoko katoa i whakatakotoria ki mua i te aroaro kia pai ake ai te ao, otirā te oranga o ā rātou whānau” te kī a Minita Mahuta.  

Kei te whai wāhi atu te Rūnanga ki te whakamātautau Te Ara Mauwhare a Te Puni Kōkiri, arā, te mahi tahitanga a te Kāwanatanga ki te taha o ngā iwi, o ngā rōpū Māori hoki ki te kimi huarahi e taea ai e ngā whānau Māori te hoko whare mā rātou. Nā te Rūnanga te $1.695 miriona hei tautoko i te hangahanga o ngā kāinga tekau mā rima ka hokona ki ngā whānau nō te iwi i raro i tētahi whakaaetanga tūtanga tiri.   

Ka whiwhi hoki aua whānau i ngā tohutohu pūtea me te tautoko mai i te kaupapa Sorted Kāinga Ora, he kaupapa e tuku ana i ngā momo utauta kia nui ake te mārama, te māia hoki o ngā whānau o Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika ki te whakahaere i ā rātou ake pūtea. 

“Mā ēnei kōkiritanga e whakapakari ngā whānau, ngā hapori anō hoki. “Ehara i te mea he whakapiki i te pai o ngā whare anake te kaupapa, engari he whakarite hoki i ngā huarahi ki te ako pūkenga, ki te tuku ara mahi, ki te whakapiki i te hauora, ki te whiwhi pūtea hoki, e whakapau kaha ana ki te tārai i te oranga heke iho, heke iho ki ngā uri whakaheke,” tā Nanaia Mahuta.