4 Feb 2015

Iwi wants social housing clarity

7:22 am on 4 February 2015

One of Aotearoa's largest tribes wants more clarity from the Government so it can move forward with a project to buy state houses in its region.

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou has been in talks with the Government to buy the 600 state houses in its tribal region.

Chief executive Teepa Wawatai said the government wanted to create more opportunities for iwi to take up social housing responsibility.

However he said the intentions for the transfer of state houses has not yet been made clear and there also needed to be greater clarity about the policy for housing in areas other than Auckland.

Mr Wawatai said it was a major decision for anyone contemplating investing the space and uncertainty meant risk.