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Te Puea Marae to receive government help, but no financial aid

The South Auckland marae offering shelter to homeless families has confirmed it will receive government help in the form of social workers, however no financial aid will be provided.

Minister of Social Housing Paula Bennett has agreed to provide more social workers to help those being housed at Te Puea Marae, but has not committed to making a financial contribution.

Te Puea Marae made the announcement in a Facebook post, saying the Ministry for Social Housing is addressing "the issue of the homeless in Auckland".

Te Puea Marae will receive taxpayer money as it helps families find houses and jobs.
Te Puea Marae will receive taxpayer money as it helps families find houses and jobs. Source: Te Puea Memorial Marae Manaaki Tangata/Facebook

"To... fast track the families Te Puea marae, helping them into suitable, affordable accommodation," the Facebook post read. 

The marae is currently housing 54 families struggling to get accommodation in Auckland.

Ms Bennett was formally invited to visit Te Puea Marae, but there are no plans for her to do so right now.

The invitation was extended at a meeting between Ms Bennett and Te Puea Chairman Hurimoana Dennis, which a marae spokesperson said was "productive".

Ms Bennett earlier told reporters the marae is doing good work but admitted it's sad they have had to do it.