22 Nov 2011

Maori Trustee looks to home funding call

8:07 pm on 22 November 2011

The Maori Trustee says he'll consider a suggestion to release funds to help Maori own their own home.

The Coalition to End Homelessness is calling for interest gathered by the Maori Trustee from leasing land to go towards a scheme to assist tangata whenua in securing their own whare.

Trustee Jamie Tuuta says the fund isn't huge and he needs to be careful when deciding what's done with the money.

He says his office is always open to exploring opportunities for the Maori Trustee can offer support.

Mr Tuuta says it's a worthwhile conversation to have, because it adds to a sense of greater clarity around the role of the Maori Trustee.

The Trustee administers or manages about 100,000 hectares of Maori freehold land and his role is to

protect, and build, the assets of Maori.