Happy Easter and what a fabulous weekend it’s been here in Tauranga Moana.
Following the government’s recently announced Housing Package, just last week in the Bay of Plenty, we saw local Community Housing Provider – Mangatawa Pāpāmoa Blocks Incorporated - open six new homes including three brand-new affordable rentals for sole parent Dad’s and three new safe social housing homes.
MPBI have been building their housing stock since 2011 and currently manage 36 homes on their land in the Bay of Plenty. They have done this through different stages of development with $1.1m of Government funding invested into this project.
Hon Nanaia Mahuta opened the new homes last week and Minister Jackson noted that “the Mangatawa whānau have a great understanding of where the need lies within their community and have taken the steps to get help to those who need it most”.
As our Prime Minister has also noted about the Housing Package, “the housing crisis is a problem decades in the making that will take time to turn around, but these measures will make a difference”.
“There is no silver bullet, but combined all of these measures will start to make a difference.”
In closing my column this week, I send lots of love and strength to my Ministerial colleague Kiritapu Allan and her whānau in the coming weeks following the announcement this week that she is away on leave undergoing treatment for cervical cancer. Kiritapu is in a fight for her life and bless her, she would like us all to focus on getting our well woman checks. Kia kaha my friend.