Ngāti Toa Rangatira sign partnership with Government
On the 28th November 2019 a signing ceremony was held at Takapūwāhia Marae.
Te Āhuru Mōwai, Ngāti Toa's new community housing provider, has entered a partnership with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities.
The partnership will allow Ngāti Toa through Te Āhuru Mōwai to manage the tenancies, maintenance and upgrades of properties in western Porirua, including areas in Titahi Bay, Mana, Tawa, Takapūwāhia and Eldson.
The 2014 Treaty Settlement where Ngāti Toa Rangatira were given first right of refusal over Crown owned properties and land blocks in these areas has made the partnership possible.
Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira chair Taku Parai said the signing was a milestone for the iwi.
"It gives us an opportunity to provide warm housing, to provide pleasant surroundings and to be able to do that on our own whenua. It's a huge part of that manaakitanga aspect, that kaitiakitanga aspect, that awhitiatanga aspect.
"All those values are tied up in this initiative. We feel honoured and grateful that we have this opportunity."
"The opportunities are far and wide in terms of fulfilling the contracts for our tradies, the carpenter, the painter, the plasterer.
"We've had hui with them already to say 'gear up, there will be opportunities for them on their own whenua'."
Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira’s previous executive director, now Chair of Te Āhuru Mōwai Matiu Rei said the move would also be of commercial benefit to the iwi, although he did not give details about what the iwi expected to gain from the agreement economically.
"It is a wonderful commercial opportunity, it's predominantly a social project don't get me wrong, but underlying that there will be some opportunities.
"The demand is growing so we will have to be building or constructing more houses to satisfy."
The agreement with Ngāti Toa is just one part of the Porirua Development project. The government will commit $1.5 billion on revitalising eastern Porirua and working with community.
Te Āhuru Mōwai will officially take over the tenancies from 1 July 2020.