Waikato-Tainui has teamed up with three other agencies to take part in a pilot that aims to improve housing conditions for low income whanau.
Waikato-Tainui, Habitat for Humanity, Te Puni Kokiri and Whare Ora have come together to co-design and implement the pilot which will focus on home repairs and maintenance.
Habitat for Humanity will lead the delivery of pilot however all the partners will take responsibility across various aspects of the programme.
Waikato Tainui lead Karleen Turner-Puriri says this relationship will ensure alignment across the agencies who all have critical roles to play.
“The impacts of poor housing conditions in the Maaori community are well researched and identified as a contributor to preventable health problems, social and economic deprivation,” says Karleen.
“We know a proportion of our whanau live in homes which are intergenerational or held in collective ownership. This programme offers tangible way of providing safer and healthier living conditions.
All the agencies have agreed on a shared vision to improve whaanau wellbeing for Maaori home owners in Waikato.
Karleen says our primary role will be to work directly with our people to ensure that they are actively engaged in this programme.
“We are already working in this space and will bring that collective intelligence to the table which will be of immense value to the pilot.
Waikato Tainui will host the first of many workshops starting this weekend at Hopuhopu.