The Government are being blamed for plummeting home-ownership rates for Maori and Pacific Islanders.
But Housing Minister Nick Smith says the data just confirmed broader social statistics, including that these groups having lower incomes and lower education achievements.
Recently released figures from Statistics New Zealand show Maori and Pacific Island home ownership fell at a faster rate than for the total population over the past 25 years (ending at the latest census in 2013). …
The Labour party have added the latest statistics to their list of housing issues the Government was not adequately addressing.
“It clearly shows this Government doesn’t have a plan,” Labour MP Meka Whaitiri said.
I’m always interested in breaking down long-term trends to smaller segments so we can see if the problem is in fact getting worse.
In the 2001 census the Maori home ownership rate was 47.0%. In 2006 it was 45.2% and in 2013 it was 43.1%.
The annual decline from 2001 to 2006 was 0.35% a year. From 2006 to 2013 it was 0.29% a year.