Waitara kaumātua housing a local response

The Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing Hon Nanaia Mahuta congratulates Te Atiawa Kaumātua Housing Trust on today’s opening of four new kaumātua flats in Waitara. 

“This project is partnered by Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Atiawa Kaumātua Housing Trust to ensure that there are warm, healthy housing options for kaumātua, “ Minister Mahuta says. 

The Trust was set up in 1992 specifically to provide social housing options for elders in the Taranaki region. 

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network has invested $705,246 into the project and walked alongside the Trust to support the completion of this project. 

Minister Mahuta commends the Trust on their resilience towards creating housing options in Waitara, despite a devastating fire that gutted one of their whare about three years ago. 

“This community has turned a tragedy into opportunity, making this housing development a real advantage for kaumātua and the whānau. 

“It is clear to me the Waitara whānau are passionate about enhancing lives in the Taranaki community- from our rangatahi to our pakeke. 

“Housing is a significant priority for whānau Māori. It is widely recognised that housing is a major determinant of health and well-being, and social and economic resilience,” Nanaia Mahuta says.

Ka whakatuwhera Te Rūnanga Whare Kaumātua o Te Ātiawa i ngā piringa whare ki Waitara 

Kua mihia Te Rūnanga Whare Kaumātua o Te Ātiawa e te Minita Whanaketanga Māori, Minita Tuarua o ngā Whare hoki te Hōnore Nanaia Mahuta mō te whakatuwheratanga o ngā whare kaumātua e whā ki Waitara, kei te raki o Ngāmotu i te rangi nei. 

“I waenga pū i te korenga o ngā whare mō ngā kaumātua i te rohe, me mihi ka tika au ki ngā mahi a Te Rūnanga Whare Kaumātua o Te Ātiawa ki te hanga i ēnei whare e tino hiahiatia ana mā ngā whānau o te rohe nei,” te kī a Minita Mahuta.   

I whakatūria te Rūnanga i te tau 1992 hei whakarato i ngā whiringa whare pāpori mā ngā kaumātua i te rohe o Taranaki te take matua.   

Kua whakapau Te Puni Kōkiri Housing Network i te $705,246 ki roto i te kaupapa nā, kua kitea ināianei kua nui ake ngā whānau Māori e noho ana ki ngā whare mahana, haumaru anō hoki.   

Ka nui te whakamiha a Minita Mahuta ki te manahautanga a te Rūnanga i te whakaritenga o ngā whiringa whare ki Waitara, ahakoa i kainga kinotia tētahi o ō rātou whare e te ahi āhua toru tau ki muri. 

“Kua hurihia te aitua hei huarahi kē, nā reira i tino tāpua tēnei whakawhanaketanga whare. 

“Kua mārama ki a au he maromahue, he tūkaha te whānau o Waitara ki te whakapai ake i te ao o te hapori o Taranaki – mai i ā mātou rangatahi tae atu ki ō mātou pakeke. 

“Ko ngā whare katoa ahakoa kei hea i runga i te rārangi tūmau o ngā whare, ka noho tonu hei mea nui ki ngā whānau Māori. E mōhiotia whānuitia ana he mea nui te whare o ngā tohu matua o te hauora, o te oranga, tae atu ki te manahautanga ā-pāpori, ā-ōhanga hoki,” te kōrero a Nanaia Mahuta.