5 Sep 2012

Board wants to see more Maori owning homes

11:00 pm on 5 September 2012

The Independent Maori Statutory Board wants to see more Maori owning their own homes.

Its 30-year proposal for Auckland includes dozens of other recommendations, including making the Maori language compulsory in schools.

The board wants to promote home ownership and financial literacy for Maori living in the region.

It also recommends setting up a papakainga (shared housing) development committee.

A Maori housing advocacy group, Te Matapihi, says urban papakainga will lead to an increase in home ownership.

Spokesperson Rau Hoskins says a papakainga where whanau own land and property together is better suited for Maori.

According to the last census, 25.8% of Maori owned their own homes in Auckland compared with 55.8% of Pakeha.