$12.6mil boost for Papakainga project

By Mānia Clarke

The Turner Whānau Papakainga Development has received assistance through the Māori Housing Network. Today, the Māori Party announced the network will receive a $12.6mil boost over the next four years. 

It’s a lifelong dream to establish a legacy for his descendants.

Papakainga beneficiary, Hone Turner says, “I would like to live together with my wife, our children and grandchildren under the one roof so we can teach them all those things such as working together as our ancestors did before us.”

For the last three years, the family has been working to build a nine-bedroom home for 10 adults and nine children on their family land at a cost of only $720,000.

It was made possible with the help of Māori Housing Network through Te Puni Kōkiri. The network will receive an extra $12.6mil over the next four years to help more Māori whānau into new homes.

Māori Affairs Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says, “We are still lobbying to increase that amount. Now there will be more funding for initiatives such as this.”

Next week, the build for the new house will begin. It's expected to be completed in December, in time for the family to celebrate their first Christmas in their new home.