Our whānau housing stories

  • Māori housing: Whānau enjoying papakāinga life in Tauranga Moana

    • Date: 11 April 2022

    On a sloped section surrounded by orchards, overlooking Rangataua Bay in Tauranga, sit nine new whare all part of the Ranginui 12 Trust papakāinga.

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  • Māori Housing: Large papakāinga underway in Motueka

    • Date: 11 April 2022

    As dawn broke on Monday morning, karakia rang out around Te Āwhina Marae in Motueka.

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  • Papakāinga projects underway in Reporoa

    • Date: 14 February 2022

    The Government is supporting a new papakāinga development in the rural community of Reporoa.

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  • Progressive Home Ownership helps Taranaki whānau buy first home

    • Date: 31 January 2022

    Last year, Vicki and Dean Wall bought their first home in Ōpunake, a whare they had been renting for the past 13 years.

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  • Three new papakāinga under construction in Ngāruawāhia

    • Date: 15 December 2021
  • Breathing new life into iconic Ōtautahi building to house Rehua Marae whānau

    • Date: 01 October 2021

    Memories of living at the old trade training hostel at Rehua Marae are vivid in Ash Leatherby’s mind.

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  • Papakāinga: Whenua blessing in Whāingaroa marks start of construction

    • Date: 16 September 2021

    Whenua Māori near Whāingaroa (Raglan) that has been sitting idle for decades will soon be home to local Waikato whānau and bring those from afar who are yet to experience living on their ancestral whenua.

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  • Papakāinga: Bringing whānau back to Maungatautari Maunga

    • Date: 14 September 2021

    Under the gaze of Maungatautari maunga near Cambridge lies a 10-home papakāinga that has been years in the making for Ngāti Korokī Kahukura iwi.

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  • Papakāinga benefits amplified in COVID-19 lockdown

    • Date: 03 September 2021

    Tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in Waipatu Hawkes Bay, the Apatu-Wilson whānau are happy and safe spending lockdown in their whare that lies within their whānau papakāinga.

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  • Re-shaping the future of Māori housing

    • Date: 24 June 2021

    Māori housing received a major boost in this year's Budget. The Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga $380 million investment allows iwi and Government to expand existing programmes and look at new models for delivering Māori housing.

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  • Young whānau writing their own narrative on home ownership

    • Date: 31 March 2021

    As a young person today, Aaliyah Armstrong says you don’t have to listen too hard to hear a recurring narrative about the housing market.

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  • Papakāinga hīkoi showcases whānau aspirations

    • Date: 25 February 2021

    Streams of people filed off busses, into the heat and on to the whenua of the Kurupo-Kaukau whānau in Moteo, Heretaunga. It was the third stop on the papakāinga hīkoi that showcased local papakāinga developments Te Puni Kōkiri has supported since 2015, as a warm up to the National Māori Housing Conference 2021.

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  • Fixing up the whare for a further 50 years

    • Date: 04 February 2021

    Sitting outside the house her grandfather bought more than 50 years ago, Muri Rata smiles in the morning sun.

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  • Housing and hope in the future of Taumarunui

    • Date: 18 January 2021

    Five new emergency and transitional homes in Taumarunui are ready to welcome whānau who need a chance to find their feet again.

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  • A place to heal

    • Date: 19 November 2020

    When the Aroha Te Rangi Robin whānau moved into papakāinga homes in Kohupātiki they didn’t anticipate all the intangible gifts they’d receive.

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  • “Māori Aotearoa living” – the good life in Waipatu

    • Date: 19 November 2020

    The second stage of the Aorangi Māori Trust Board papakāinga is among those leading the way in home ownership in Hawke’s Bay.

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  • Whānau pride restored in Bridge Pā home

    • Date: 13 November 2020

    A whānau home that has housed 22 tamariki over two generations has taken on a healthier life following critical repairs inside and out.

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  • Repairs transform Hawke’s Bay home from hazardous to healthy

    • Date: 13 November 2020

    “The walls are not crying now.” Collaboration between Te Puni Kōkiri, health authorities, builders and community groups is leading to healthier homes, healthier whānau in Hawke’s Bay.

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  • “My family is whole again”

    • Date: 13 November 2020

    A Hastings woman suffering from a life-threatening respiratory illness was forced to live elsewhere because of the unhealthy condition of her home. She is now back with her whānau in a warm, dry house thanks to the Te Puni Kōkiri-led Housing Repairs Programme.

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  • The pull of home accelerates papakāinga construction in Waiōhiki

    • Date: 06 November 2020

    The construction of papakāinga housing in Waiōhiki, Hawke’s Bay, is drawing whānau home to live on their ancestral land. A new generation is bringing skills back to the rural community and becoming kaitiaki of their whenua.

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  • Urban papakāinga built on foundation of manaakitanga

    • Date: 29 September 2020

    Fifty years ago, a Ngā Puhi hapū established a place of their own in the big smoke. Now the hapū is building homes for a new generation of whānau.

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  • Papakāinga adopts COVID Tracer QR code

    • Date: 20 August 2020

    Concern for whānau health and safety has prompted a Hastings papakāinga to get their own NZ COVID Tracer QR code.

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  • Living in Papakāinga benefits whānau during COVID-19

    • Date: 12 May 2020

    After the experience of the last few months, Hinewai Ormsby is more convinced than ever of the holistic benefits to Māori of living on their whenua and being closely connected to whānau

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  • Being whānau in a changing world

    • Date: 08 May 2020

    When the Turner whānau (Waikato, Ngāti Aamaru) moved into their papakāinga in 2017 they didn’t imagine it would become their sanctuary and lifeline during a pandemic.

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  • Taking stock of the risks – how a whānau is managing self-isolation in its Papakāinga

    • Date: 16 April 2020

    Hinewai Ormsby and her whānau started planning for the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown well before it was announced. As a Hawkes Bay regional councillor Hinewai was familiar with the vital role of the council in managing civil defence emergencies like the pandemic.

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