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Māori Housing Network

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

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.


Latest Housing Publications

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

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 30 April 2017

The following table outlines the regional distribution of funding for the 140 projects approved by the Māori Housing Network between 3 October 2015 and 30 April 2017. Some projects include planned expenditure in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Region Total value of projects
Count of
Te Tai Tokerau $13,425,902.32 20 15%
Tamaki Makaurau $ 1,400,233.70 5 4%
Waikato-Waiariki $6,813,669.06 46 33%
Ikaroa-Rawhiti $ 6,872,023.00 22 16%
Te Tai Hauāuru $ 7,054,280.23 41 29%
Te Waipounamu $ 1,983,660.00 6 4%
Grand Total $ 37,540,251.31 140 100%

Māori Housing Network Investment – Regional Breakdown

Approvals by Region as at 30 April 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.

  • Matariki XPonential 2017

    • Date: 29 July 2017
    • Time: 8:30 am – 5 pm

    Matariki XPonential provides opportunities for you to meet other like-minded Māori entrepreneurs, learn from one another, build connections, and offer practical pathways to help you achieve business innovation success.

    Read more

    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Callaghan Innovation
  • ‘Turning of the sod’ ceremony at Kokohinau Marae papakāinga to mark the commencement of the papakāinga build, 2017. Pictured from left to right: Whakatāne District Council Deputy Mayor, Judy Turner, Māori Development Minister, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell and Kokohinau Marae Kuia, Merehuka Holt.

    Marae housing helps Edgecumbe whānau affected by floods

    • Date: 19 July 2017

    Kokohinau Marae have kick-started their papakāinga housing development with a ‘turning of the sod’ ceremony in Edgecumbe. The papakāinga development will be used to help house whānau who lost their homes in the Edgecumbe floods in April.

    Read more

  • Brymer goes from Marae to Man-Power

    • Date: 04 July 2017

    After 10 years making their mark as professionals in the marae construction business, Brymer Group Ltd is rolling up its sleeves to help more Waikato whānau through the Māori Housing Network.

    Read more

  • Jordan Biddle Wins Young Maori Farmer Award 2017

    Young Dad With No Farming Background Wins Ahuwhenua

    • Date: 04 July 2017

    Swapping his Swanndri for a suit for the very first time, Hawke’s Bay shepherd Jordan Biddle took a deep breath before crossing the stage in front of 700 people to claim the title of Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer for 2017.

    Read more

  • Photo courtesy of Karlos Drinkwater

    Healing Wounds at Parihaka

    • Date: 04 July 2017

    Tears were shed at Parihaka last month when more than a thousand people gathered to hear the Crown apologise for desecrating the peaceful Taranaki settlement in 1881.

    Read more

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