(Picture caption: The newly launched Fale mo Aiga: Pacific Housing Strategy and Action Plan 2030 is the Government’s targeted response to the housing challenges faced by Pacific Aotearoa.)
New and existing housing initiatives are being brought together to improve home ownership for Pacific people in Aotearoa.
Fale mo Aiga: Pacific Housing Strategy and Action Plan 2030, launched today (November 28), is the Government’s targeted response to the housing challenges faced by Pacific Aotearoa.
Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito William Sio says housing is critical to wellbeing and there are few things more important to New Zealanders than the homes and communities we live in.
“The plan directly meets the needs and aspirations expressed by our Pacific community during a series of talanoa in 2018,” Minister Sio says.
“Fale mo Aiga has four key priorities: building intergenerational wealth through home ownership, building affordable, quality, healthy, fit-for-purpose homes for Pacific Aotearoa; developing and growing the Pacific housing sector; and influencing and strengthening the housing system to improve housing outcomes for Pacific Aotearoa.
“Supporting our people on the journey of home ownership is a key outcome of Fale mo Aiga while also providing a range of supports for Pacific families during their housing journey, for example, improving access to existing government housing initiatives and delivering new by Pacific, for Pacific programmes.”
Minister Sio adds the recently launched Pacific Wellbeing Strategy, addresses many of the challenges, driven by other socio-economic factors currently facing our Pacific peoples.
“Fale mo Aiga is a hugely important initiative for achieving the goals of the Pacific Wellbeing Strategy,” he says.
“The importance of warm, dry, secure homes can never be underestimated.
“We know physical and mental health, educational, other social and financial outcomes are greatly enhanced when whānau and individuals can live in the security of their own home and contribute as members of their local community.
“As Minister I will leave no stone unturned to ensure we are doing everything practicable to get Pacific peoples into homes.”
Fale mo Aiga draws on three government agencies: Te Manatū mō ngā Iwi ō Te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa - Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities.
Minister Sio says it is exciting to see what can be achieved when government, non-governmental organisations and Pacific communities work together.
“There is a lot of work to be done but this is the beginning of the journey,” he says.
Visit the MPP website for more information.