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After 25 years iwi will be able to renew rent or buy a home. [File]
Ninety-hundred Porirua's state-owned houses could manage Ngati Toa for at least the next 25 years.
The inhabitants of the western suburbs of the city have said that iwi could become their landowners next year as part of the recently announced plan to restore housing in the city.
The plan was not approved, but it did not change tenants' rent or rental conditions, and property would continue to house people in the housing register, said Housing NZ spokesman.
"After the initial 25-year period, it is proposed that Ngati Toa renew the lease or buy property."
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At the beginning of this month, the government announced a $ 1.5 billion renovation program for the city, mainly focusing on the eastern suburbs of canyons and Waitangirua.
Approximately 2,900 houses will be restored and 2000 KiwiBuild homes will be built. It should be seen in the plan that another 150 country houses have been created.
Housing Issue New Zealand spokesman Greg Groufsky said that according to the Waitangi billing agreement, Ngati Toa was entitled to the first refusal [RFRs] about 3200 properties in New Zealand properties Porirua and Lower Hutt.
As a result, iwi had the first right of withdrawal in most of the property in Porirua's eastern part, he said.
"These RFRs limit the scope for large-scale development of affordable and marketable housing, and Ngati Toa's approval of its RFR processing has been crucial to making the notified recovery proposal possible."
Although the information was yet to be developed, the proposal will allow iwi to control the properties of the Titakh Bay, Mana, Takapuwhaia, Elsdon and Tawa from the end of 2019 and to improve its managed properties.
If iwi became a community housing provider, it would receive an income-related rents allowance that would allow the government to increase the amount paid by tenants to the current market rental price.
Groufsky said that the proposed agreement does not mean less public housing.
"The agreement with Ngati Toa is aimed at stimulating the rehabilitation of public housing and affordable housing, while deepening Crown-Maori's relationship with Ngati Toa."
Porirua City Council has invested $ 8 million in restructuring in its long-term plan.
The spokeswoman for NZ said that there was no cash deal between the crown and Ngati tou.