Matthew Tukaki: ‘More than a thousand of our Whānau sleep in their cars’

Matthew Tukaki: ‘More than a thousand of our Whānau sleep in their cars’

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Chair of Oranga Tamarikis’ Ministerial Advisory Board and Māori Council CEO Matthew Tukaki has come out to hear feedback on a Facebook post that mentions the large housing crisis in New Zealand.

He expressed his thought for share about how many families have to sleep in their cars in Auckland and many other areas around the country.

“More than a thousand of our whānau sleep in their cars in Auckland alone. Many of them are the working poor who cannot afford the rising cost of rentals. It’s not just in places like Auckland. Whakatane, Opotiki, Kaikoura and many of our provincial hubs. I call them the forgotten whānau,” said Mr Tukaki.

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“The truth is it will take years to reverse the housing crisis.”

Mr Tukaki asked Maraes across the country to open the doors as temporary accommodation. A plea was made to the Government asking that they shift some of the million-dollars a day spend away from motels.

Plans are developing to help families struggling to be put in a good position to rebuild their future.

“In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be releasing some more detailed plans on housing both the rental and buy and build market,” said Mr Tukaki.

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