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MUMA leads the way in ensuring low income whanau not left behind when it comes to electric vehicles

MUMA leads the way in ensuring low income whanau not left behind when it comes to electric vehicles

Government, Toyota, the Tindall Foundation, the Manukau Urban Māori Authority and Auckland Council along with the Akina Foundation join forces to make electric vehicles affordable for low-income whanau:

Electric Vehicles are the way of the future, and one urban Māori Authority has said that its important that no whanau be left behind. The CEO of the Manukau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA), Tania Rangiheua has said that a new pilot project called “Waka Aronui” will ensure that whanau from low-income households are also being able to take advantage in the use of electric vehicles, play a role in lowering carbon emissions while also making it easier on the hip pocket when it comes to finances. The Government announced $20 million for a low-emissions vehicle leasing scheme for low-income families in last week’s budget:

“Waka Aronui is supporting whanau in Manukau to access affordable; low-emissions vehicles and MUMA will be playing our role with several other partners including the Akina Foundation. But what makes this different is recognition by the Government that just because you might live in an area where right now its challenging with cost-of-living pressures or access to programs like this might be seen to be more tailored to the middle classes that in fact, you won’t be left behind” Rangiheua said

“The great thing about this sort of initiative is that you can also deal with two big realities – the first is breaking down the barriers to how people see electric vehicles versus the traditional people mover sort of cars that let’s face it guzzle a lot of petrol; and of course that is the other reality we are dealing with which is that the cost of petrol has gone through the roof of late and that’s having a detrimental impact on whanau. Combine those Kaupapa with our own push to encourage our communities and whanau to lower their carbon footprint and this pilot presents a unique opportunity” Rangiheua said

“For us here at the Manukau Urban Maori Authority we are also on our own journey of carbon emissions reduction and this means looking at our carbon footprint as well. We want to make sure that not only are we helping where we can when it comes to the community in which we carry out a lot of mahi, but also encourage other Maori organisations to also get on the electric vehicle!” Rangiheua said

Partners to the programme include Waka Kotahi, the Tindall Foundation, Toyota, Auckland Council, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The Manukau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA) and The Ākina Foundation will launch Waka Aronui this coming Thursday 26th of May 2022 with the Hon Michael Wood, Minister of Transport, at Nga Whare Waatea 31 Calthorp Close, Favona, Māngere, between 9am-10am. Media are welcome to register to attend

Here are the details of the programme:

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