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Maori Party MP Marama Fox says the wants to fix the Kainga Whenua housing scheme.

The scheme was launched with great fanfare several years ago as a way to allow Maori to build houses on their papakainga.

By securing an arrangement with Kiwibank, it got around the problem of mortgage lenders refusing to make loans involving multiply-owned land.

But only 11 houses have been funded under the scheme.

Mrs Fox says what should have been a game changer got bogged down in red tape and bureaucracy.

"Some of the things holding people back is the fact you can go and get a loan but it's dependant on how much income you have and if you are low income then you end up getting a loan for maybe $80,000 but anyone who thinks you can buy a house for $80,000, that’s just not realistic" she says.

Mrs Fox says the issue has been put back on the table for discussion with the government.


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