Another 80%+ rejection of Maori privilege — this time by readers of the Bay of Plenty Times to the provision of race-based housing.
One of the gutsier Nats, the man who drove Winston Peters out of Tauranga, Bob Clarkson, champions the unfashionable view:
The money will be used to build 12 large family homes and the infrastructure for eight more. It has come from Putea Maori, a $13 million capital grant fund available to Maori for the purpose of increasing affordable rental housing.
Putea Maori is part of the Social Housing Unit, which has set aside $104 million during three years (2012-15) to help people get good quality homes through community housing.
Housing project trustee Victoria Kingi said Maori tended to be worse off and in desperate need of affordable homes.
But Mr Clarkson said it was not fair for one section of the community to be eligible for funds when many in the wider population also suffered.
The city council last year “shot down” his plan to provide 1000 affordable homes for $280,000 each. Everyone should be able to access affordable housing, no matter what colour their skin was, he said.