'It's actually killing our people'
The government needs to prioritise getting Māori into their own warm, dry, affordable homes as they continue to be disproportionately impacted by the housing crisis, a public health expert says.
It comes following criticism that red tape and barriers at the bank are preventing whānau building houses on their own land.
Massey University professor of public health Chris Cunningham said while most Māori tamariki were born healthy, too many were born into a risky home environment.
He said the housing crisis was badly affecting Māori, with some facing mould and respiratory diseases whilst living in rentals.
"They either have very poor quality housing, where there might be overcrowding, where there might be dampness and cold and where there might be danger in the house in terms of things which are broken. Or they have unstable housing, in that mum and dad have to move around and rent in different places or maybe share a home with whānau."
Link to article: Call for govt to help Māori out of unhealthy homes: 'It's actually killing our people' (msn.com)