Border controls have been eased in two government announcements over the past day or so. Megan Woods, meanwhile, has been busy issuing statements variously as minister of Housing, of Research, Science and Innovation, and of Energy and Resources.
As Housing Minister she drew attention to the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will guide government policies and investments in tackling the housing crisis.
But she announced yet another government initiative – the National Māori Housing Strategy – which is grounded in the government’s highly political interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi, an interpretation which has given rise to a spate of race-based “partnerships”.
The place of non-Maori in the Ardern government’s policy-making pecking order is plain from the language in Woods’ press statement:
“The housing crisis we inherited is a challenge the Government can’t tackle on its own.
“We need to pursue meaningful partnerships with iwi and Māori as Te Tiriti o Waitangi partners to make progress.
“We also need to cement resilient relationships with community housing providers and other non-government organisations, local government, the private sector, and communities.”
It’s a “partnership” with Maori and “relationships” with everybody else. Continue reading “Govt unveils its guide to housing policies and investment – but check out who gets partnerships and who gets relationships”