Materoa Kanuta decorates the wall of her state house with photographic memories from the 50 years she and her family have lived there.
A total of 1/3 of all Maori live in state homes. These homes for decades have provided Maori with a place to bring up their children and care for their elders. These state homes have ensured that generations have been able to thrive because they have shelter. I grew up in a state house at 66 Idlewild Avenue, Mangere. Before the disastrous impact of Rodger Douglas’s & Ruth Richardson’s economic fundamentalism, Mangere was a close knit and vibrant suburb of Auckland. We lived, worked and played together, our homes were always open to each other, we shared the best and worst of times, we cared for each other, we were a community.
The Tamaki Housing Group warned us years ago that the policy of transferring houses…
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