Bennett breaks promise to support marae and homeless

Manurewa marae needed much better support from the Government in order to do its work helping homeless whanau, the Green Party said today.

This Wednesday is the last day of Manurewa Marae’s Whakapiki Ora programme, which has helped 72 whānau and found permanent homes for 28. The marae is unable to continue their good work without support and funding from the Ministry of Social Development.

“Their work at the marae has been challenging and really hard. What they have achieved is brilliant, but the Government has let them down,” Green Party social housing spokesperson Marama Davidson said today.

“Just last month, I got assurances from Minister Bennett in Parliament that she would provide more funding for services like Manurewa marae, but here we are a few weeks later seeing them close their doors because they can’t get the Government support they need to continue.

“Manurewa is my local community marae and I’ve seen with my own eyes its incredible success in supporting whānau who are in real need.

“If National is going to leave it up to marae and other community groups to help the homeless, then they should at least front up with the support that only the government can provide.

“I have been at the marae today and there are still a whole lot of whānau who don’t have anywhere to go. I’m talking with people who are in tears because they just can’t find a home or a place to live.

“The marae has told me today that this has been really hard work. I can see that they needed a heck of a lot more support from the Government.

“This is another example of an amazing community-driven project that has to struggle and struggle just to keep providing support because the Government is leaving whānau out in the cold.

“The Minister needs to honour that promise she made to me in the House, and properly fund projects like Manurewa Marae’s Whakapiki Ora project, so that they can keep helping those that need it most, like our Māori whanau,” said Ms Davidson.

Action

Join our call to stop funding fossil fuels!

Take Action

Action

Local Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

New Zealand’s housing market is becoming increasingly divided between people who own their own homes and those forced to rent for life...
Take Action

Latest Housing Announcements

Policy

Equality

Everyone should be treated equally, with access to what we need to live a good life.  In government we've fought to implement policy that ensures...
See More

Story

Green Party secure a progressive home ownership scheme as part of KiwiBuild reset

Green Party Co-leader and housing spokesperson Marama Davidson today welcomed the change to KiwiBuild that include $400 million earmarked for progr...
Read More

Story

New research links poor housing to hospital admissions

A research paper conducted by the University of Otago that was published today has shown a strong link between damp, mouldy housing and hospital ad...
Read More

Story

Waiting list for public housing emboldens work to overhaul social support system

An increase in the public housing waiting list, now more than 10,000 New Zealanders, shows exactly why the Greens are working with Government to pu...
Read More

Story

Compensation before Christmas welcome, but Housing NZ must ensure victims have a place to call home

The Green Party has welcomed victims of the meth testing debacle receiving compensation before Christmas, but is calling on Housing NZ to ensure th...
Read More

Policy

Every house a home | Ko ia whare hei kāinga

Our plan will bring balance to the landlord-tenant relationship, improve rental security for tenants, and make sure that all homes are warm, dry an...
See More