Taxpayers gift $450k to build private family home

Taxpayers have gifted $450k towards the building of a nine-bedroomed private family house, the first of its kind under the government’s “papakainga project” funded through its Whanau Ora fund.

As reported by Radio New Zealand[i], Ngāruawāhia based Turner family have banded together to build their own “papakainga”, housing four generations – 10 adults and nine tamariki. The family were able to afford the $720k nine bedroom 500 square metre house by pooling mortgage costs with an additional $450k gifted towards the build by other taxpayers through the government's Whanau Ora fund.

In the feel good article Radio New Zealand quotes the project’s builder, “its awesome for the family, its affordable and everyone wins”, while Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said the house would act as a springboard for the Turner family who are starting up a mussel-fritter business and looking to export internationally.

No mention is made about how the Turner family, who clearly aren’t at the bottom of the financial pile, were chosen amongst the hundreds of thousands of families desperate to get on the housing ladder, nor when this generous funding will be extended to those without Maori ancestry.



The Turner family of Ngaruawhahia are thrilled with the $450 thousand dollars which other taxpayers have gifted towards their new family home through the government's papakainga housing scheme. 


 Sarah Taylor

[i] Whanau join together to build nine-bedroomed home:



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