NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 29 Apr, 2021 06:00 am

Housing crisis: Whanganui council considers joint initiative with iwi

Housing crisis: Whanganui council considers joint initiative with iwi
McDouall says council already looking into new sectors flagged as being the most pressing.

The traditional roles and functions of councils will come under the spotlight in the Local Government review announced last week, but Whanganui mayor Hamish McDouall said his council was already looking into new sectors flagged up locally as being the most pressing areas of community need.McDouall said the partnership concept was key." McDouall said the council had been talking to hapū and iwi about ways of addressing social need, and supported exploring the idea of setting up a social care entity alongside hapū and iwi."A provision of social care through the community has been failing, so if it's failing let's look at a different model - making local decisions for local people is the best way in many of these things.

Whanganui District Council building.Photo / LDR Whanganui District Council and iwi are looking at partnering in a joint initiative to address the housing crisis recently described as horrific by local iwi.

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