Moeawa Fransen

Māhera Maihi |Trust becomes youth housing provider

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The founder of a South Auckland Kaupapa Maori trust hopes homelessness minister Marama Davidson can help him get the resources he needs to tackle youth homelessness.

The founder of a South Auckland Kaupapa Maori trust hopes homelessness minister Marama Davidson can help him get the resources he needs to tackle youth homelessness.

Mā Te Huruhuru offers work readiness, enterprise, suicide prevention, Covid-19 response and music programs for rangatahi, most of whom are from gangs.

Māhera Maihi says the Covid-19 response has opened her eyes to the estimated 11,000 homeless young people in Tāmaki Makaurau, and the trust has responded by developing a 10-unit housing complex in Otahuhu.

He struggles to get the resources he needs from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning and the Ministry of Social Development.

“There is no map for that. There is no one who has navigated through this who can give us a simple step-by-step process on how you navigate this path to becoming a youth housing provider,”

Mrs. Maihi said.

Working through the Manaaki Rangatahi Collective, Mā Te Huruhuru was able to raise the issues with Minister Davidson and get young people added to the government’s homelessness action plan – but he has yet to fight for access to these resources and show the value of a Kaupapa Māori organization.