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Māori Housing Network

Across the motu, whānau, hapū and iwi Māori are planning, funding and implementing successful housing initiatives.

Update as at 22 December 2016

The Māori Housing Network is committed to continuing to support whānau Māori to live in safe, secure and healthy homes. Since the Network was launched in October 2015, it has approved funding of more than $32 million to

  • Improve the quality of housing for whānau
  • Build the capability of whānau, hapū and iwi within the Māori housing sector
  • Increase the supply of affordable housing for Māori
  • Support emergency housing projects

Many whānau, rōpū and Māori organisations are welcoming the opportunity to become involved in housing their people and we want to continue to support this interest and enthusiasm.

In 2016/17 demand across the rohe has far exceeded the amount of funding the Māori Housing Network has available. This is particularly the case for urgent and essential housing repairs. This has meant the Māori Housing Network cannot fund every proposal that has been submitted, as much as we would like to.

Recently the Māori Housing Network considered a large number of funding proposals that had been submitted - all of which had merit. Unfortunately the Network was unable to approve funding for all of these, and these proposals have been deferred to be reconsidered in 2017/18 when new funding is available.

Funding is now exhausted for 2016/17 for housing repairs, infrastructure and papakāinga development. The Māori Housing Network still welcomes proposals for the remaining funding in 2016/17 related to emergency housing and initiatives that increase whānau knowledge about housing issues (e.g. home maintenance workshops, workshops on home ownership, and financial literacy workshops).

The Māori Housing Network has limited funding, and therefore, 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.

The Māori Housing Network has been set up to support the energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship in the Māori housing sector with information, advice and practical support to build capability. The Network also manages funds to support projects to improve housing outcomes for whānau Māori. The funding focus is on smaller scale projects that:

  • improve the quality of housing
  • build capability and capacity in the sector, and
  • increase the supply of affordable housing.

Whatever your housing need, we want to help. 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.

About the Māori Housing Network

Whānau solutions for whānau housing

The Māori Housing Network supports whānau, hapū and iwi with information, advice and practical support to improve and develop whānau housing.


Support for your housing needs

The Māori Housing Network can help individuals, whānau and rōpū with practical support and financial assistance for a range of housing activities.


Our process, our funds
We work alongside whānau, hapū and iwi to help you consider your housing goals, plan your project, develop funding proposals, and provide agreed funding as your project is implemented.


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.

Introduction to the Māori Housing Network

How can the Māori Housing Network help me?

Just click on the need that most closely matches your housing need. This will direct you to either the Network or another agency that can help you.

How can the Māori Housing Network help?

The Māori Housing Network supports whānau, hapū and iwi with information and advice on housing initiatives.

Check whether we can help with your housing needs.


Our Māori Housing Network Stories

Across the motu whānau, hapū and iwi Māori are planning, funding and implementing successful housing initiatives. Read more about the gains that are made for whānau, hapū and iwi through the support of the Māori Housing Network.

A place to call home

As the country comes to grips with the ongoing housing crisis, Maori landowners are finding their own solutions. The owners and trustees of Te Aro Pā are amongst those leading the way with a build of 14 papakāinga homes at Greta Point in Wellington.



Home repairs have massive impact

The Sanderson whānau are part of a community housing repair project by Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa in Kaeo, which will see them get long overdue repairs to their home.


Providing ordinary services in an extraordinary way

He Korowai Trust has been working for the last four years to create a housing solution for whānau in desperate need in Kaitāia. So the Trust have finally realised this dream with the opening of a 35 bed emergency accommodation complex.



Māori Housing Network Performance


Māori Housing Network Investment

Approvals by Region as at 9 February 2017

The following table outlines the regional distribution of funding for the 121 projects approved by the Māori Housing Network between 3 October 2015 and 9 February 2017. Some projects include planned expenditure in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Region Total value of projects
Count of
Te Tai Tokerau $ 13,365,902.32 19 16%
Tamaki Makaurau $ 1,400,233.70 5 4%
Waikato-Waiariki $ 5,990,810.06 41 34%
Ikaroa-Rawhiti $ 5,908,794.00 18 15%
Te Tai Hauauru $ 5,240,149.23 35 29%
Te Waipounamu $ 989,127.00 3 2%
Grand Total $ 32,895,016.31 121 100%

Māori Housing Network Investment – Regional Breakdown

Approvals by Region as at 9 February 2017


Tāmaki Makaurau

Te Tai Hauāuru

Te Tai Tokerau

Te Waipounamu


Investment strategy

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.

Housing policy development

Te Puni Kōkiri works with other agencies to contribute to the development of wider government housing policy to improve housing for whānau Māori and communities.

The activities of the Māori Housing Network complement the Government’s wider housing initiatives and contribute to the Government’s Māori Housing Strategy He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tangata.

This strategy sets out ways to:

  • improve housing for whānau Māori, and
  • increase housing choices for whānau Māori by growing the Māori housing sector.

Media Releases

Events and updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Whenua Māori Fund 2017

    • Date: 08 February 2017

    The Whenua Māori Fund was set up to assist owners and trustees of Māori freehold land to prepare for new opportunities, improve existing operations and utilise unused land. We profile ten initiatives from Te Taitokerau (Far North) to Te Waipounamu (South Island) who received a total of $1.15m covering nearly 48,000 hectares of land. The Fund provides $12.8 million over four years and is part of the wider Te Ture Whenua Māori reform designed to give Māori landowners more say and control over what happens with their whenua.

    Read more

  • Changes proposed to the care and protection of children

    • Date: 12 January 2017

    The Social Services Committee is calling for public submissions on the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill.

    Read more

  • Pūkaki descendants celebrate papakāinga development

    • Date: 15 December 2016

    The project has a total of 18 homes planned for the papakāinga. Stage one was completed in 2013 with four stand-alone homes and 3 duplexes (2 x 2 bedroom units). The recent build of these three x four-bedroom homes completes stage two of the project. To date, 10 out of the 18 planned homes are now completed.

    Read more

  • Man Up to Violence

    • Date: 12 November 2016

    Man Up to the negative statistices of crime, violence and suicide

    Read more

    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Man Up
  • Video – He Whare Āwhina rūnanga complex

    • Date: 22 September 2016

    Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa’s current emergency/transitional housing policy provides a short-term (approximately twelve weeks) housing for up to six whānau at any one time, in three detached self-contained units located at He Whare Āwhina rūnanga housing complex. These whānau will then be supported by the rūnanga to move into long-term housing in private rental or Housing New Zealand properties or to other options provided by wider whānau

    Read more

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