web analytics

Mana housing policy needs work

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, June 21st, 2013 - 28 comments
Categories: housing, mana-party - Tags: ,

For a small party Mana are not afraid to come up with big policy!

Mana Party announces big housing plan

The Mana Party wants to build 10,000 state houses a year. …

Its policy includes reinstating the Maori Affairs Housing Scheme which ended in 1989. The scheme would be updated and administered through a restructured Te Puni Kokiri, Mr Nikora said. Under the former scheme, 23,500 houses were built and 5000 existing houses bought.

The party called for land to be made available to Maori in the same way it was being made available to local government and bodies to ease the Auckland housing crisis, he said. Maori first-home buyers would be able to buy homes with no deposit, at the same interest rates that Government pays and with negotiable mortgage terms. …

Mana Party leader Hone Harawira said the party had done no costings on the policy but believed affordable houses could be built for $200,000 each.

The Maori-only scheme as first announced was quickly modified:

Mana’s housing policy ‘open to all NZers’

The Mana Party now says its policy to build 10,000 cheap houses a year would be for all New Zealanders, not just Maori. …

They would be paid for by the government and sold for $200,000 each, with no deposit and low interest rates.

The policy hasn’t been fully costed but party leader Hone Harawira says it would take $30 million to start it up – although at a cost of $200,000 that would build only 150 houses.

Mr Harawira says the houses would be sold to struggling Maori and Pakeha families. “Our intention is to try to target certain levels for Maori,” he said on Radio New Zealand on Friday. “The housing policy isn’t just for Maori, it’s for all New Zealanders.”

It’s ambitious. It leaves National’s inaction looking increasingly isolated and out of touch on housing. But there are too many gaps in this policy as currently stated. Needs work.

28 comments on “Mana housing policy needs work ”

  1. Winston Smith 1

    It’s ambitious.
    – Thats one word for it

    It leaves National’s inaction looking increasingly isolated and out of touch on housing.
    – No, it makes Hone look out of touch with reality

    But there are too many gaps in this policy as currently stated. Needs work.
    – This may well be the understatement of the year, the costings make Labours costings look well-thought ouk

    • weka 1.1

      “- No, it makes Hone look out of touch with reality”

      No, it makes Hone look in touch with Ikaroa-Rawhiti voters.

      • marty mars 1.1.1

        Wise words weka 🙂

      • Winston Smith 1.1.2

        I reluctantly concede that is a good point

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.1

          You are a man of reason, it appears.

          On another note I don’t believe that the number of houses or the price of the houses is the most groundbreaking part of this policy…it’s this:

          first-home buyers would be able to buy homes…at the same interest rates that Government pays

          i.e. less than 4% p.a. This cuts the retail banksters right out of the system. They will push back against this very very hard.

          • Winston Smith 1.1.2.1.1

            Are mortgage rates high at the moment because I don’t think they are. Yes I’d like the rates to be lower (of course) but if rates stayed like this for the next 10 years I’d be pretty pleased.

          • Melb 1.1.2.1.2

            So the Government is to establish subprime lending without the appropriate interest rate to offset the increased risk? That’ll be good for the books.

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.1.2.1

              Subprime? Sorry, where did you get the idea that these were going to be undocumented, unrepayable or “liars loans”?

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2.1.3

            And if the government printed the money that it used then that interest rate would be ZERO. The banksters would be really screaming then – oh, wait, they already have been when the Greens put forward their policy of government created money.

      • Rogue Trooper 1.1.3

        MANA are well represented in publicizing their cadidate for the by-election; flags, signs and whanau to be seen everywhere; David Shearer reached approx. 30 local tangata whenua while canvassing in Masterton.

    • McFlock 1.2

      I think you forgot the “10,000 houses a year? It cannae be done, man!” objection.

      Pity – I’d have hit “Bingo” if you’d used it.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      This may well be the understatement of the year, the costings make Labours costings look well-thought ouk

      Still better than National’s bullet point policy that had no costings at all.

  2. karol 2

    Well this policy, at the moment, is focused on the by-election. And the Green Party has responded by saying their housing policy already is good for Maori and others.

    “The Green Party’s housing package offers the best solutions for Māori because it offers both debt free home ownership and gives whānau who rent a fair go too,” said Green Party Ikaroa-Rāwhiti candidate Marama Davidson.

    “The Green Party launched our Home for Life housing policy at Ratana at the beginning of the year. We have a long standing commitment to improving housing for Māori whānau.

    “Our housing policy allows whānau to rent to own their homes. So they don’t need to get a loan at all. A family’s normal rent payment becomes a payment towards owning their home.

    “The Green policy is a loan free and affordable way for whānau to own a home. Many Māori are paying rent to pay someone else’s mortgage. Under our plan, your rent would pay your own mortgage.

    “Our housing policy also helps those families who will still be renting by giving them more rental security so they can’t just be kicked out of their home.

    However, Davidson doesn’t mention state housing. However, <a href='http://www.greens.org.nz/policysummary/housing-policy-summary'expanding state housing, and income related rents are part of their housing policy.

    Providing secure and affordable social housing
    * Increase acquisition and building of state housing units by at least 3000 units a year for the next 3 years.
    * Maintain an income related rental policy of 25% of income for Housing New Zealand Corporation tenants.

  3. Murray Olsen 3

    The policy needs work? Great, that’ll help get people into employment.

  4. Rogue Trooper 4

    the tikanga under-building this proposal is a concept “the western mindset does not understand” -Hone Harawira.

    • Populuxe1 4.1

      That seems to be his response whenever he puts his foot in his mouth. I don’t think it’s the case that “the western mindset does not understand” – the west didn’t conme to dominate the world for two centuries by not being able to, in Aristotle’s words, entertain a thought without agreeing with it. It’s more a matter of what is appropriate for a multicultural democracy irrespective of the important respect due the tangata whenua.

      In any case, Hone’s definition of tikanga seems very conservative and reductuve. Tikanga isn’t something codified – it’s a flexible and adaptive worldview, which is why Maori culture has ultimately weathered so much of what colonisation lobbed at it. Nor is it some total consensus – there is often disagreement on interpretation.

      If Hone really wants to achieve progress on behalf of his electorate and Maori in general, he’s going to have to ween himself off the divisive posturing. I think he’s in danger of alienating many Maori who may have close Pakeha family members and leaving himself wide open to being out-manouvered by the Greens.

      • ghostrider888 4.1.1

        he has qualified and modified his stance; always first out of the gate, for his people, and understandably so; seen this 1 Law 4 All party campaign?, now there is some conservative reduction at the other end of the polls.(Aristotlean ethics do not appear to have been in the ascendency in the West) See the Archdruid / Spengler link C.V provided; a return to traditionalist superstition (that don’t bother me none), balanced out by Intellectual ethical systems.

        • Populuxe1 4.1.1.1

          Perhaps he should think about the other groups in his party who voted for him in the belief that they represented their interests as well.

      • weka 4.1.2

        Pop, I don’t disagree with much of what you say there, however it is pretty obvious that the Western mindset is starkly different from the Maori ones, and that many Pakeha not only don’t understand the Maori ones, but fail to see there is really is any difference.

        The little of I know of Te Ao Maori now shows me what I didn’t understand 5 or 10 years ago, let alone earlier in my life, or when I was growing up. But what I know now lies distinctly outside of the dominant culture I was raised and live in.

        In general Hone is right about Pakeha not getting it, although I do think that in this instance he/Mana were naive in how they presented the policy. Or maybe they were very clever, putting out the initial press release for the benefit of Maori, and the later one for the benefit of Pakeha 😉

        • Populuxe1 4.1.2.1

          I suspect a lot of people have a rather limited and reductive understanding of the breadth, diversity and history of what constitutes ‘western’ thought.

  5. millsy 6

    From where I am sitting, this looks like something along the lines of the Maori Affairs loans that were chopped in 1989?

    Anyone know why they were chopped? Seems to be they were a real hand-up rather than a hand out.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Zealand boosts support to Fiji for COVID-19 impact
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing additional support to Fiji to mitigate the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak on vulnerable households, Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Recognising the increasingly challenging situation in Fiji, Aotearoa will provide an additional package of assistance to support the Government of Fiji and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Round 2 of successful energy education fund now open
    $1.65 million available in Support for Energy Education in Communities funding round two Insights from SEEC to inform future energy hardship programmes Community organisations that can deliver energy education to households in need are being invited to apply for the second funding round of the Support for Energy Education in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • New Ngarimu scholarships to target vocational training
    Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis today announced three new scholarships for students in vocational education and training (VET) are to be added to the suite of prestigious Ngarimu scholarships. “VET learners have less access to study support than university students and this is a way to tautoko their learning dreams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Recognising the volunteers who support our health system
    Nominations have opened today for the 2021 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, as part of National Volunteer Week. “We know that New Zealanders donate at least 159 million hours of volunteer labour every year,” Minister of Health Andrew Little said in launching this year’s awards in Wellington. “These people play ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Drug Free Sport supported to deal with new doping challenges
    Drug Free Sport New Zealand will receive a funding boost to respond to some of the emerging doping challenges across international sport. The additional $4.3 million over three years comes from the Sport Recovery Fund announced last year. It will help DFSNZ improve athletes’ understanding of the risks of doping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Government support for South Auckland community hit by tornado
    The Government is contributing $100,000 to a Mayoral Relief Fund to support Auckland communities impacted by the Papatoetoe tornado, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says. “My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Celebrating World Refugee Day
    World Refugee Day today is an opportunity to celebrate the proud record New Zealanders have supporting and protecting refugees and acknowledge the contribution these new New Zealanders make to our country, the Minister of Immigration Kris Faafoi said. “World Refugee Day is also a chance to think about the journey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Face to face meeting delivers significant progress on NZ-UK FTA
    New Zealand and the UK have committed to accelerating their free trade agreement negotiations with the aim of reaching an agreement in principle this August, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor announced. “We’ve held constructive and productive discussions towards the conclusion of a high-quality and comprehensive FTA that will support sustainable and inclusive trade, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government taking action to protect albatross
    New population figures for the critically endangered Antipodean albatross showing a 5 percent decline per year highlights the importance of reducing all threats to these very special birds, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall says. The latest population modelling, carried out by Dragonfly Data Science, shows the Antipodean albatross ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Adoption laws under review
    New Zealand’s 66-year-old adoption laws are being reviewed, with public engagement beginning today.  Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said the Government is seeking views on options for change to our adoption laws and system. “The Adoption Act has remained largely the same since 1955. We need our adoption laws to reflect ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Wider roll-out of cameras on boats to support sustainability and protect marine life
    Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations.  Minister for Oceans and Fisheries David Parker today announced the funding is now in place for the wider roll out ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Plan for vaccine rollout for general population announced
    New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The rollout of the vaccine to the general population will be done in age groups as is the approach commonly used overseas, with those over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand introduces Belarus travel bans
    New Zealand has imposed travel bans on selected individuals associated with the Lukashenko regime, following ongoing concerns about election fraud and human rights abuses after the 2020 Belarus elections, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced. The ban covers more than fifty individuals, including the President and key members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy grows driven by households, construction and business investment
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery have been reflected in the robust rebound of GDP figures released today which show the economy remains resilient despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant Robertson said. GDP increased 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2021. The Treasury had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Milestone 250th tower continues to improve rural connectivity
    The Government has welcomed the completion of the 250th 4G mobile tower, as part of its push for better rural connectivity. Waikato’s Wiltsdown, which is roughly 80 kilometres south of Hamilton, is home to the new tower, deployed by the Rural Connectivity Group to enable improved service to 70 homes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria to lift on Tuesday
    Following a further public health assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria has been extended to 11.59pm on Tuesday 22 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister mourns passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is mourning the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall, New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner and lifelong champion for children and children’s health. As a paediatrician Sir Ian contributed to a major world-first cot death study that has been directly credited with reducing cot deaths in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • APEC structural reform meeting a success
    APEC ministers have agreed working together will be crucial to ensure economies recover from the impact of COVID-19. Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark, chaired the virtual APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting today which revolved around the overarching theme of promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Digital hub to boost investment in forestry
    A new website has been launched at Fieldays to support the forestry sector find the information it needs to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government continues support for rangatahi to get into employment, education and training
    Over 230 rangatahi are set to benefit from further funding through four new He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re continuing to secure our economic recovery from COVID by investing in opportunities for rangatahi to get into meaningful employment, education or training ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NCEA subjects up for consultation
    The education sector, students, their parents, whānau and communities are invited to share their thoughts on a list of proposed NCEA subjects released today, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. This is a significant part of the Government’s NCEA Change Programme that commenced in 2020 and will be largely implemented by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major investment in plantain forage programme aims to improve freshwater quality
    The Government is backing a major programme investigating plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality, Acting Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced at Fieldays today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFFF) fund is contributing $8.98 million to the $22.23 million seven-year programme, which aims to deliver ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • America’s Cup decision
    The Minister responsible for the America’s Cup has confirmed the joint Crown-Auckland Council offer to host the next regatta has been declined by the Board of Team New Zealand. “The exclusive period of negotiation between the Crown, Auckland Council, and Team New Zealand ends tomorrow, 17 June,” said Stuart Nash. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Food and fibres sector making significant strides towards New Zealand’s economic recovery
    The Government is backing the food and fibres sector to lead New Zealand's economic recovery from COVID-19 with targeted investments as part of its Fit for a Better World roadmap, Forestry Minister Stuart Nash said. “To drive New Zealand’s recovery, we launched the Fit for a Better World – Accelerating ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to He Whenua Taurikura – New Zealand’s annual hui on countering terrorism and violent...
    Check against delivery Can I begin by acknowledging the 51 shuhada, their families and the Muslim community. It is because of the atrocious violent act that was done to them which has led ultimately to this, the start of a dialogue and a conversation about how we as a nation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of Government Southern Response proactive package released
    The Government has announced the proactive package for some Southern Response policyholders could cost $313 million if all those eligible apply. In December, the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, David Clark announced a proactive package for SRES claimants who settled their claims before October 2014. It trailed the judgment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • First period products delivered to schools
    The first period products funded as part of the Government’s nationwide rollout are being delivered to schools and kura this week, as part of wider efforts to combat child poverty, help increase school attendance, and make a positive impact on children’s wellbeing. “We know that nearly 95,000 9-to-18 year olds ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago