Te Pāti Māori Co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is calling on the Government to introduce a targeted Māori housing package
in response to figures which show that homeownership is becoming increasingly unattainable for Māori.
“The housing crisis is hitting Māori communities harder than anyone, and yet the Government’s recently announced Housing
Package doesn’t include any specific policies targeted at increasing Māori homeownership. This is unacceptable,” said
“Pākehā have net worth almost five times higher than Māori, while non-Māori have a 13 per cent higher median wage. This
disparity in wealth and income is locking Māori out of the housing market. Māori homeownership rates have been falling
since 1999, and in the latest Census Māori individual home ownership fell to 26 percent, compared with 41% for
“In response to my questions in Parliament today, the Government failed to show that they are on top of Māori housing
needs and don’t have a dedicated and targeted plan to increase Māori homeownership.
“I am calling on the Crown to recognise the severe disadvantage that Māori face in the housing market and immediately
introduce a Māori housing package that includes targeted financial support schemes to help with deposits, such as the
old Māori Affairs loans in the past. They also need to address supply through building thousands more social and
“For many of our whānau, finding an affordable home, let alone owning their own home, is currently completely
unattainable. It’s disgraceful that more than 11 thousand Māori are currently on the Social Housing Register waiting
list, 49.6% of the entire waiting list.
“Current data indicates that 30% of Māori pay rent that is over 30% of their weekly income – which is an indicator of
household poverty. To alleviate this pressure, the Māori housing plan must include rent controls and intersect with
other crucial policies such as lifting incomes for our poorest whānau through raising the minimum wage to $25 an hour
and significantly increasing baseline benefit levels,” said Mrs Ngarewa-Packer.