$27M for marae and Maori housing

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has announced more government money will be spend on Maori initiatives. File photo.

The special significance of marae to Maori and communities is being acknowledged in this year's Budget.

Over four years, $10 million allocated to help repair and restore whare and revitalise the paepae, building resilience of those charged with maintaining the protocols of marae, says Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.

The funding for Marae Ora - Sustaining the Marae, Sustaining the Pae, is part of a broad-based $27 million package that will also help more whanau live in safe, secure and healthy homes.

“Marae are places of refuge for our people and provide facilities to enable us to continue with our own way of life. Our language and tikanga are given their fullest expression on the marae at our tangi and hui,” says Te Ururoa.

“In order to be able to support the wellbeing of whanau, hapu, iwi and communities, marae must be safe, secure and healthy. This funding will support the restoration of whare, repair facilities, insulate meeting houses and provide for reo and tikanga wananga.

“Our marae are the glue that binds us together, anchoring us in one place and helping shape who we are. As we have seen recently with the Kaikoura earthquake and the Edgecumbe flood, they also step up to the plate in the times of need.”

Budget 2017 will also continue to build on the momentum of success generated by the Maori Housing Network – Kainga Ora, with a further $8 million allocated in this year's Budget.

“Since it was launched in October 2015 the Maori Housing Network has supported 140 housing proposals worth $37.5 million covering a wide spectrum of housing needs.

“The funding extension will allow more vital home improvements, whanau housing projects and affordable homes for Maori to be built.”

The Pathways to Home-Ownership – Te Ara Mauwhare will provide $9 million over three years to trial innovative new approaches helping whanau achieve more housing independence.

“Some whanau are already benefitting from shared equity models or rent-to-buy arrangements to get them into affordable homes and we want to explore more community-led proposals,” says Te Ururoa.

Te Puni Kokiri will partner with organisations to test the feasibility of different pathways to help low to modest income whanau realise their home ownership goals.

“We want to see more Maori secure in their own homes and this new funding will help them down that path.”


Don't flatter yourself n.zer

Posted on 12-05-2017 09:39 | By R. Bell

No cat has my tongue. It may come as a surprise, but I have far more important things to do than play tit for tat with a plank. Like pruning Roses, you should try it, great for the mind. Robin Bell.


Posted on 12-05-2017 07:12 | By NZer

Read the posts below. Its all there in plain English and plain sight. READ

Te Ururoa Flavell

Posted on 11-05-2017 20:00 | By Papamoaner

The photo at the head of this news article portrays a man with a very honest face. perhaps the MDM are in very good hands, and we wish them well in their good work. I hope that doesn't stir up the rednecks too much


Posted on 11-05-2017 18:16 | By Papamoaner

OK then, I'll play your silly game. Lets put it (and you) to the test ie; money where your mouth is. - Instead of making repeated vague and ambiguous accusations about mysterious "unanswered questions," let's hear your questions again, here and NOW so I can respond to them. C'mon fulla, an offer you can't refuse. Only take you a couple of lines. Be specific for "all to see" (your words). Ok, you have the floor - GO!


Posted on 11-05-2017 18:01 | By NZer

The record is below for all to see. When you could not answer the questions instead of admitting you are wrong you start attacking the person which is well documented below and now you are trying to justify it. At least your mate Robin knows when he is defeted. Looks like the cat has got his tongue...


Posted on 11-05-2017 15:17 | By Papamoaner

You'll be waiting a long time for answers that have already been provided. However, if you have a memory lapse, feel free to ask again. I am happy to give specific answers to specific questions on topic. As to accusing me of playing the man rather than the ball, if you can't take a hard counter-punch, stop making pre-emptive strikes. What's that they say about kitchens and heat?


Posted on 11-05-2017 11:38 | By NZer

Still waiting for your answers.. Looks like you and Robin get really personal with your insults when you are defeted and play the person not the ball and in Robins case if he suspects wrongly you are born overseas he gets quite racist and nasty. Still waiting for Robin to quote where i said i was from overseas.. As Papamoaner says are you both able to man up and admit what you wrote below is incorrect? I suspect not...

My criticism of Marae

Posted on 11-05-2017 09:47 | By Papamoaner

The only criticism of Marae I can make, is that there aren't enough of them. I am very happy as a taxpayer to help fund a leg-up for disadvantaged maori folk. By and large, our maori people are the ones who give the most when they have the least to give, through the marae, all despite the way we treated them a century ago. It is quite apparent that many commentators on these forums have no idea about what a marae is, what it represents, nor how it works. But ignorance is no excuse for arrogance.


Posted on 10-05-2017 17:24 | By NZer

Please show me where i have said i come from another country????

You may feel kiwi, NZer but,

Posted on 10-05-2017 16:55 | By R. Bell

thank you for confirming that you brought your prejudice with you. Like many immigrants you have failed to educate yourself on the importance of Maori to N.Z in general. You have failed to educate yourself on the historical, indisputable facts why Maori are in the position they are. You fail to recognize the rights Maori have to self determination. You fail to understand why we, the dominant culture are duty bound to assist Maori to overcome generations of marginalization. Actually your just one big failure. Robin Bell.


Posted on 10-05-2017 16:43 | By NZer

Always playing the man not the ball. Anyone can do typos. Are you saying the first few lines of your post are now incorrect?? Please clarify. How when i have copied and pasted your quote can i be misquoting you? Hello???


Posted on 10-05-2017 16:19 | By Papamoaner

My god, your spelling is atrocious, but I get the gist of it. You made a complete dick of yourself by only reading the first few lines of posts before firing from the hip. Now you are attempting to wriggle and squirm your way out of it instead of manning up to it. You also misquote me by implication. I maintained that Marae look after everybody, like those other outfits. I never said they don't. Maybe the problem is that you have a reading and comprehension difficulty that matches your spelling ability.


Posted on 10-05-2017 15:27 | By NZer

I dont need to research your abserd comment. You are trying to make out that Lions and Rotory are your quote here "Mainly pakeha dominated charities". Have you been around the country to servey all the charities and see who are the ones giving out help have you? These charity help all people regardless of race. Please show me a quote from one of these charities to the contrary. Robin all Kiwis are special. Not just one group. Please show me where i said they need to be like me? Robin living here in NZ makes me a KIWI regardless of where i was born. Are you trying to be raceist?

Why I support Maori, N.zer.

Posted on 10-05-2017 11:03 | By R. Bell

Maori have come under unreasonable attack from uninformed people like you. Your latest claims are typical. Maori " think they are special" They are special, but not in the way you portray them. They are under no obligation whatsoever to be " like you". The Treaty gave them the right to remain Maori, you can never take that from them. Forget it. " Maori need to share, like everyone else" How ridiculous can you get. They retain less than 5% of the land they once owned. They contribute billions to the N.Z economy, they open their Marae to the homeless,and those unfortunates who suffer from natural disaster. I don't believe your a N.Zer at all, hard line prejudice like yours is typical of those who brought it with them. Maori look for no favours, I do it because I hate what you stand for. Robin Bell.


Posted on 10-05-2017 10:25 | By Papamoaner

Woops, not only have you done no research, you have only read (or understood) half of my post. Marae are open to ALL ETHNICITIES in these emergencies. That includes food etc. You will find them without looking hard in a situation, unlike most other organisations. Nobody there will look down on you like some pakeha are apt to do. And yes, I am a NZ born pakeha of caucasian descent.

You beat me to it papamoaner.

Posted on 10-05-2017 08:14 | By R. Bell

The simple fact is these dumb, numb comments come from totally uninformed, highly biased people,with nothing better to do. Same ones every time. They do not understand the function of the Marae nor do they have any respect for Maori. As they die out things will change, meanwhile its fun making fools of them. Robin Bell.


Posted on 10-05-2017 08:00 | By NZer

Lions and other organistions help everyone and not just one race like Maori. That is why people get pissed off. Maori think they are special and have to have everything of their own. Maori need to share like everyone else. Simple Papamoaner... People like Robin win no favoures for Maori from the general public as we can all see thru his one eyed racist comments. We are all Kiwis.

Oh dear!

Posted on 09-05-2017 22:56 | By Papamoaner

Here they go again. Any mention of support for maori and they all have a coronary. Never any objection when grants are made to Lions, Rotary, etc etc, mainly Pakeha dominated charities and old boy networks. In just about any district you want to name, the Marae is where people of any creed will get welcomed with food, warmth and accommodation when disasters strike. Like those other outfits, they support not only their own, but all comers as well, no questions asked. So why all this selective biased bitterness at every opportunity? We are all humans in the mix together, sadly, some more human than others.

@comfortablynumb, woops, foot in mouth!

Posted on 09-05-2017 22:46 | By Papamoaner

You've been caught out not doing your homework old chap. Bit embarrassing eh.St John gets around 75 to 80 percent of its annual funding from DHB's and ACC. The remaining 20% comes from charitable support.

A little education for dumbkof,

Posted on 09-05-2017 18:21 | By R. Bell

All of the IWI who have received settlements are engaged in home building for IWI members. You asked the leading question 'why can't they use some of the millions etc'. I simply inform you that they do. The $ 27m is their fair share of gov'nt assistance already allocated to non Maori. I'm not racist dubmkof I just don't like you and what you stand for. Robin Bell.

Get your priorities right

Posted on 09-05-2017 17:57 | By comfortablynumb

St. John ambulance service is not funded in this country which is ridiculous. $27 M should be given to them or a child cancer fund to benefit everybody

here we go again

Posted on 09-05-2017 17:55 | By old trucker

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no its not

Posted on 09-05-2017 17:09 | By dumbkof2

mr bell nowhere does it say its settlement money. they have been given $27mil over and above any perseved compensation what about all the improved value of the aleged stolen land. mr bell you are the racist one

Youv'e got it dumbkof,

Posted on 09-05-2017 16:29 | By R. Bell

dumb is the operative word. Educate yourself before making racist statements. "They" are using settlement money to provide housing, "they " are taxpayers like everyone else. " They were not GIVEN anything, "they " were compensated for stolen land. Education is a wonderful thing, you should try it. Robin Bell.


Posted on 09-05-2017 15:04 | By dumbkof2

why cant they use some of the millions they have already been given. i dont see $27 mil allocated for pakeha housing. just more racist funding

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