Māori Housing Network

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?

The Māori Housing Network is here to support individuals, whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū to achieve their housing aspirations.

The 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.

Practical advice

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.

Introduction to the Māori Housing Network



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 Māori Housing Support Across Government



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..

A Guide to Papakāinga Housing


Māori Housing Network Operating Process

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

Maori Housing Network Operating Process [PDF 47KB]

Budget 2019 – Māori housing

Māori housing has a further $40 million over four years as part of Budget 2019.  This will allow more whānau access to healthy, affordable, secure homes. Whānau wellbeing is at the heart of this year’s Budget announcements for Māori.

The additional funding will allow 300 whānau to access Sorted Kāinga Ora workshops, 100 more homes per annum will be repaired through the community led housing repair programmes, and 10 more homes will be built per annum on papakāinga.

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.

Regional advisers will work with whānau and rōpū to develop a proposal. Whānau and rōpū can contact a Te Puni Kōkiri office, for assistance.

Update as at 12 October 2018

In 2018/19 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.

Available funding for 2018/19 is currently fully allocated across all aspects of our mahi: housing repairs, infrastructure, papakāinga development, workshops, and rōpū capability building.

More funding may become available from November 2018. We will accept applications from May 2019 for the 2019/2020 financial year.

The Māori Housing 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.


Contact Details

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.

New approvals by Region as at 30 June 2019

The following table outlines the regional distribution of funding for the 278 projects approved by the Māori Housing Network between 3 October 2015 and 310 June 2019. Some projects include planned expenditure in 2019/20.

Region Total value of projects
% of total
Count of
Te Tai Tokerau $ 20,547,243.70 22% 44
Tāmaki Makaurau $ 5,797,283.10 6% 17
Waikato-Waiariki  $ 19,136,432.06 21% 95
Ikaroa-Rāwhiti  $19,161,943.20 21% 64
Te Tai Hauāuru  $18,125,406.27 20% 92
Te Waipounamu  $7,054,139.50 8% 20
National  $1,636,418.00 2% 8
Grand Total  $ 91,458,865.83 100% 340

Māori Housing Network Investment – Regional Breakdown

Approvals by Region as at 31 January 2019

Te Tai Tokerau

Tāmaki Makaurau



Te Tai Hauāuru

Te Waipounamu


Māori Housing Network Performance

Projects approved across the motu from October 2015 to 30 June 2018.

Projects approved during 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18, some of which may not be completed until later financial years.

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.

Latest Reports

Maori Housing Supply and Demand in Te Tai Tokerau

Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand commissioned research, a set of four reports to provide comprehensive baseline data and a fifth report that summarises the key findings, to look at the Māori housing supply and demand in Te Tai Tokerau.

Read more

Housing policy

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/

Sorted Kāinga Ora

Sorted Kāinga Ora is a programme to build the financial capability of whānau Māori so they can make choices about how to meet their housing aspirations.

The programme was developed by Māori, to be delivered by Māori, to whānau Māori, and evaluated by Māori. It was developed by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Commission for Financial Capability, building on other Sorted programmes developed by the Commission to build financial capability for specific iwi and rōpū, with an added housing focus.

Sorted Kāinga Ora combines the concepts of kāinga (home) and ora (wellbeing), with the word Sorted to indicate that it is part of the series of Sorted programmes developed by the Commission, working with other rōpū and agencies.

The programme was first implemented as part of the Te Ara Mauwhare trials, where it was a pre-requisite for whānau who wanted a whare allocated to them under a trial. It is now being implemented more widely across the Māori Housing Network as a consistent high quality financial capability programme - to support whānau who are part of the urgent repair kaupapa, papakāinga developments, in emergency or transitional housing, to achieve whatever aspirations are reflected in their housing plans

Sorted Kāinga Ora focusses on the importance of building communities, not just houses.

The programme comprises eight workshops with both course work and support between the sessions. The content covers current expenditure patterns, budgeting, goal setting, money systems, debt, compound interest, mortgages, savings, KiwiSaver, insurance, wills, powers of attorney, financial planning, and the home ownership model that underpins the trial in which the whānau is involved.

Whānau are pre-screened to ensure they are ready to commit to the workshop programme and associated course work. After the eight week workshop programme, each whanau is offered significant navigator-type support to implement their whānau housing plan (including budgeting, and dealing with debt or borrowing) - whether that is preparing themselves for home ownership, or managing current/other housing arrangements on a better footing, toward potential longer-term home ownership aspirations.

The programme will be delivered by facilitators trained by the Commission, using a research-based adult learning approach.

Media Releases

Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Associate Minister of Housing Kris Fa’afoi with Charlotte Arma, manager James Liston Hostel, Auckland emergency housing (left) and Diana Hegan, from the New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness and Te Puni Kōkiri.

    From homelessness to hope

    • Date: 12 September 2019

    From people living rough on the streets, to people who walk our corridors of power – on a bright winter’s day in Ōtautahi, they came together to listen, learn and take action against homelessness.

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  • Kaingaroa Housing Community Development: whānau inspired for bright future

    • Date: 10 September 2019

    The small, isolated settlement of Kaingaroa sits on the volcanic plateau of the central North Island. It is surrounded by one of the largest planted forests in the Southern Hemisphere and is home to about 435 people.


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  • Housing improvements keep whānau warm and provide independence in Invercargill

    • Date: 14 August 2019

    Myra Clarke is warm, dry and safe living in her small two bedroom Invercargill home thanks to improvements from the Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network and local provider, Awarua Synergy.


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  • Resilience and sacrifice behind papakāinga build in Taupiri

    • Date: 31 July 2019

    “Punakai had to sell his Harley and we had to move in with my parents. Building has been such a long, drawn out process, and we’ve had heaps of setbacks. But finally, after two years, we are in our own whare, on the whānau block behind the marae, ready to start our new life with our babies.”
    - Sally Waikai, Homeowner

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  • Tainui Tamati is proud of the taonga his whare has become, which will be a legacy for future generations. Photo by Te Rawhitiroa Bosch.

    Waikato whānau living their best life

    • Date: 16 July 2019

    Warmer, dryer, more efficient homes enable better life outcomes for ten whānau across the Waikato. We feature two of the whānau here.

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