Across the motu, whānau, hapū and iwi Māori are planning, funding and implementing successful housing initiatives.
Whānau solutions for whānau housing
Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network supports individuals, whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū with information, advice and practical support to improve and develop whānau housing.
When you are ready to discuss what you want to do, get in touch with your local Te Puni Kōkiri office to arrange a meeting with the Māori Housing Network Regional Advisor.
What is the Māori Housing Network?
- Shares information, and provides practical assistance and advice to whānau and rōpū
- Manages Government funding for Māori housing projects
- Works with other agencies on a co-ordinated approach to improve Māori housing.
Our priority areas are:
- more whānau living in safe, warm and healthy homes
- building whānau and rōpū knowledge, understanding and activity in housing
- contributing to papakāinga projects
How can the Māori Housing Network help me?
The Māori Housing Network can help you with information, to connect you with the right Government agency to help you with your housing needs.
The Network will work with you to develop your ideas and achieve your goals.
We work with you to develop your ideas –
- for community-led housing repair programmes
- developing infrastructure for housing on Māori land (roading, water, energy, waste and storm water systems)
- building papakāinga
We work with you to see if we might be able to fund your plans.
We provide information on –
- other sources of funding
- other housing providers
- potential partners
- home ownership
Check out how we can help you
Introduction to the Māori Housing Network
This information is an introduction to the Māori Housing Network. The Māori Housing Network supports whānau, hapū and iwi with information, advice, and practical support to improve and develop Māori housing.
A Guide to Māori Housing Support Across Government
This booklet is a guide to Māori housing support available to you, your whānau and community. This guide provides information about services and support available from Te Puni Kōkiri and other government agencies.
A Guide to Papakāinga Housing
This booklet is a guide to whānau papakāinga housing available to you, your whānau and community. This guide sets out the process for developing papakāinga housing in three stages with checklists, tips and advice to progress your papakāinga housing development..
How do I apply?
We work alongside individuals, whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū to help you consider your housing goals, plan your project, develop funding proposals, and provide agreed funding as your project is implemented. We see this as a four stage process.
Stage 1. How can we help you?
Stage 2. Project development
Stage 3. Proposal management
Stage 4. Monitoring and reporting
Budget 2018 – Māori housing
$15 million for Māori housing has been set aside as part of Budget 2018. This funding will help more whānau access healthy, affordable, secure homes.
This new funding will be used for community led housing repair programmes to help whānau living in very poor quality housing, and for papakāinga projects building new healthy and affordable rental homes for whānau.
These initiatives will strengthen whānau and communities, not only improving housing but also aiming to provide opportunities to learn skills, build financial capability, and for whānau to contribute to local economies.
The funding is part of the Government’s housing programme which will also focus on providing more public housing and more affordable homes.
What Māori housing funds does Te Puni Kōkiri have?
Budget 18 sets aside an additional $15 million for Māori housing for 2018/19.
Te Puni Kōkiri already manages $19.641 million per annum to support projects that:
- improve the quality of housing for whānau
- build capability in the Māori housing sector
- increase the supply of affordable housing for whānau
- support Māori emergency housing providers.
Te Puni Kōkiri is also managing $9 million over three years (2017/18 to 2019/20) to trial new models to assist low to median income whānau Māori to move toward home ownership (Te Ara Mauwhare).
How can I apply for funding?
Housing advisers in Te Puni Kōkiri regional offices work with whānau and rōpū to see how best to help. In some cases this may include advice about how to contact other agencies who can help.
Queries about the additional $15 million for Māori housing can be made from 1 July 2018.
Regional advisers will work with whānau and rōpū to develop a proposal. Whānau and rōpū can contact a Te Puni Kōkiri office, for assistance.
In 2017/18 demand across the rohe has far exceeded the amount of funding the Māori Housing Network has available. This has meant the Māori Housing Network cannot fund every proposal that has been submitted, as much as we would like to.
Funding is now exhausted for 2017/18 across all aspects of our mahi: housing repairs, infrastructure, papakāinga development, workshops rōpū capability building, and emergency housing.
More funding becomes available from 1 July 2018. We will be able to consider applications received from this date. The Māori Housing Network has limited funding, and there is no guarantee a proposal will be funded.
The Network is continually looking for partner agencies to support whānau housing aspirations. If we are unable to help you with financial assistance right now, we may be able to help you with information, advice and referrals to other agencies and potential sources of funding.
Our Māori Housing Network Stories
Across the motu whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū are planning, funding and implementing successful housing initiatives. Learn more about the gains that are made for whānau through the support of the Māori Housing Network.
Ngā Hau e Whā National Marae papakāinga
A new papakāinga development in Christchurch is building communities as much as building houses.
This papakāinga took seven years of planning, delays including the impact of the earthquakes, then 10 months to erect. Now whānau are living among the six three-bedroom homes on the grounds of New Zealand’s only national urban marae, Ngā Hau e Whānau National Marae in Aranui.
Regional advisers will work with whānau and rōpū to develop a proposal. Whānau and rōpū can contact a Te Puni Kōkiri office for assistance.
Māori Housing Network Funding Recipients
Find out which initiatives have received Māori Housing Network funding.
Approvals by Region as at 30 April 2018
The following table outlines the regional distribution of funding for the 228 projects approved by the Māori Housing Network between 3 October 2015 and 30 April 2018. Some projects include planned expenditure in 2017/18 and 2018/19.
|Region||Total value of projects
|Te Tai Tokerau||$15,648,049.12||29||14%|
|Tamaki Makaurau||$ 3,009,001.33||10||5%|
|Te Tai Hauāuru||$ 11,426,514.60||65||26%|
|Te Waipounamu||$ 2,623,659.85||11||4%|
|Grand Total||$ 56,545,558.41
Māori Housing Network Investment – Regional Breakdown
Approvals by Region as at 30 April 2018
Māori Housing Network Performance
The Māori Housing Network Investment Strategy for 2015-18, which sets out the approach of the Network and its medium term priorities is available here.
Te Puni Kōkiri works with other agencies to ensure that government housing policy contributes to improved housing outcomes for whānau Māori and communities.
The activities and the work of the Māori Housing Network contribute to the Government’s wider housing programme and to He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tāngata, the Māori Housing Strategy.
More information about the Government’s wider housing programme can be found here: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/
- Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development press release, 1 June 2018
- Papakāinga provides refuge in time of need, 20 April 2018
- Marae housing helps Edgecumbe whānau affected by floods 17 July 2017
- Māori providing their own housing solutions 19 March 2016
- Community Housing Aotearoa Conference 22 October 2015
- Ranga-Bidois Whānau Papakāinga ‘an outstanding example of a whānau-led housing initiative 3 October 2015
- Māori Housing Network to build on Māori housing success 3 October 2015
- Minister opens papakāinga near Tauranga 29 August 2015
- $35.3m invested to improve Māori housing 21 May 2015
Events and Updates
Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.
New housing development builds community spirit
A new marae based housing development in Christchurch is about building communities as much as building houses says Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Manager, Te Waipounamu, David Ormsby.
Whareponga Papakāinga - The Legacy of Materoa
It has been a long journey for Whareponga whānau but it is all worth it. A new papakāinga development is paving the way to bring life back to their homeland.
Giving whānau a fresh start
The Porirua Whānau Centre has been looking after whānau for the last 23 years. One of six family centres in New Zealand, the Porirua Whānau Centre in Cannons Creek is a friendly, welcoming place. Chief Executive, Liz Kelly, describes it as a ‘hub’ for the community.
New social housing build underway in rural Wairarapa
In a bid to make the pā vibrant again, a new six home social housing development, infrastructure support and rebuild of the marae has started at Hurunui-o-Rangi Marae, 10km east of Carterton.
Turner whānau papakāinga – A place to call home
It all started with a whānau plan through Whānau Ora.
With the support of the Māori Housing Network led by Te Puni Kōkiri the Turner whānau now have a place to call home with the completion of an 8-bedroom papakāinga in Ngaruawāhia. In addition to building their home, they have established a whānau Trust and created a thriving mussel fritter business.