1 Dec 2011

Call for minister dedicated to Maori housing

9:47 am on 1 December 2011

A group representing not-for-profit housing providers wants the Government to appoint an associate minister specifically for Maori housing.

There was discussion at Community Housing Aotearoa's annual general meeting in Auckland on Wedneday about how to improve the way the Government and the sector work together.

The group's chief executive, David McCartney, says there was consensus on the need to deal with funding issues to improve the delivery of community housing.

He says a minister with responsibility for Maori housing should be appointed.

Mr McCartney says there are opportunities on the horizon if the Government can work closely with iwi.

He says Community Housing Aotearoa will brief the Minister for Housing once the portfolio has been allocated.