Our whānau housing stories

  • 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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  • Waikato whānau offers tips to other whānau during lockdown

    • Date: 21 March 2020

    The Ngāruawāhia based Turner whānau mum, Tilly and daughter, Rangitāmoana offer a few sage words of advice to whānau who may experience what they are during the mandatory lockdown period.

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  • Housing: New transitional whare helps ease shortage on Wharekauri/ Rēkohu

    • Date: 10 January 2020

    It’s a clear, crisp morning on the island of Wharekauri/ Rēkohu as dozens of locals slowly inch their way toward the front of the property.

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  • Papakāinga development: Reconnecting with whānau and whenua

    • Date: 18 December 2019

    Building a papakāinga on their ancestral whenua, overlooking Tauranga Moana, has been a dream 30 years in the making for the Reweti Te Pere whānau. Our Māori Housing Network has been working alongside the whānau to help make this aspiration a reality.   

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  • Housing repairs: From fizzing electrical sockets to a bright and healthy future

    • Date: 18 December 2019

    Our Māori Housing Network has supported Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective to complete 30 critical home repairs for whānau in the wider Rotorua, Tūrangi and Taupō region. 

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  • Housing repairs reignites community spirit within Ngāti Parewahawaha

    • Date: 17 December 2019

    Nestled around Parewahawaha Marae in Bulls is a community living in safe, warm and dry homes that were dreamed of 50 years ago when the marae was opened.

    The whare include papakāinga that nurture the leaders of tomorrow and kaumātua flats that protect the treasures of today.

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  • Housing: Finding the strength to ask for help in Takou Bay

    • Date: 23 October 2019

    “I was depressed until all this started. I’m everything now. The smiles are there. My babies, my mokos. I’m happy as can be. It’s a home now. What more could I ask for?" Georgina Taiapo says of her new lease on life following critical repairs to her whare in Te Tai Tokerau.

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  • Housing provides new beginning for Waitara kaumātua

    • Date: 18 October 2019

    Makere and Doug Pike are among five kaumatua who have just moved into the new kaumatua flats, opened by Te Atiawa Kaumātua Housing Trust with support from our Māori Housing Network. 

     

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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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  • 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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  • The whisper of hope: repairing whare, restoring hauora

    • Date: 28 June 2019

    Warmer, drier homes enable better health outcomes for whānau in Te Tai Tokerau. We feature one of the whānau and the Ngātiwai community service provider.

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  • Māori Housing in the spotlight at housing awards

    • Date: 11 June 2019

    The Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network was acknowledged at the recent Australasian Housing Institute Professional Excellence in Housing Awards where two Te Puni Kōkiri led initiatives won top awards.

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  • Whānau housing repairs lead to intergenerational wellbeing

    • Date: 05 June 2019

    Four generations of the same whānau live in Karen and Moke’s two-bedroom whare.

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  • Breathing new life into old whānau homes in South Auckland

    • Date: 05 June 2019

    Lifting living standards for whānau sets a platform for better intergenerational wellbeing. We feature two whānau in South Auckland.

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  • Sorted Kāinga Ora: Empowering whānau to realise their housing aspirations

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    Laurae Blake and her whānau have changed the way they think about money since completing the Sorted Kāinga Ora programme. The solo mother of two daughters, aged seven and 13, has spent eight weeks gaining tools to help realise her housing aspirations.

     To view the video on Sorted Kāinga Ora click here.

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  • Te Piringa Papakāinga the journey home

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    A beautiful new Papakāinga in the rural Māori community of Waiohiki, located 10km south of Napier is an excellent example of whānau wellbeing.

    Te Puni Kōkiri supported a whānau-centred approach by recognising the needs, strengths and diverse aspirations of this whānau to be self-determining in their desire to live in a healthy home, develop their whenua and live as a community according to kaupapa Māori.

     

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  • Māori housing to receive $40 million more

    • Date: 30 May 2019

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

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  • Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki

    • Date: 18 April 2019

    A cheaper power bill and a sweet-smelling bathroom were the immediate positive impacts for the Goldsmith whānau after completing their housing repairs.

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  • Supporting Māori into home ownership

    • Date: 05 December 2018

    PĀNUI PĀPAHO | MEDIA STATEMENT

    Around 30 whānau in the Manawatū region are a step closer to owning their own home,” says Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite.

     

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