Infrastructure for new homes on Whenua Māori

Infrastructure funding is provided to assist both individual whānau and the development of papakāinga on whenua Māori as follows:

  • For individual whānau it is to prepare their whenua for private housing by helping build infrastructure between the boundary of the whenua where the house will be built and the existing infrastructure network.
  • For papakāinga builds, the key objective for this assistance is to make undeveloped Māori land available for housing, when the cost of basic infrastructure would otherwise be too great a burden to add to house construction costs.

These infrastructure works are over and above what would be part of the normal cost to build a house. It is not intended to subsidise the houses, nor pay for what would normally be part of the cost of building a house in a rural location.

What can the grant be used for?

Infrastructure items can include:

  • a roadway to the house from the road
  • necessary site works required to enable a house to be built
  • significant or long phone and power connection lines and poles, to get electricity to the build site
  • connecting to sewerage and storm water reticulation systems
  • water tank specifically for firefighting purposes
  • in certain circumstances, solar electricity, generators or wind turbine installation.

Infrastructure works that would normally be part of a standard house build such as a single water tank and a septic tank, are not eligible for an infrastructure grant. These items can be covered by a Kāinga Whenua Loan or other bank loan application.

Rotopounamu 1B3A2C Ahu Whenua Trust Papakāinga, Clive

What whenua is eligible     

The infrastructure for the proposed new housing must be on whenua Māori. 

Whenua Māori in this context means:

  • Māori Freehold Land registered in the Māori Land Court as a Māori title, OR
  • it may include land in General Title where it once was Māori title (pre the compulsory conversion to General Title from 1967 for example), OR
  • is in the process or intention of being converted back into Māori title, OR
  • is considered to be Māori ‘customary’ land with clear and demonstrated tikanga, history or other matters of significance (for example adjacent to a marae), meaning it is ‘attached’ to the ownership and kaitiaki of the whānau/hapū.

Whareponga X papakāinga, in Ruatoria

What level of funding is available?

Funding can cover up to 100% of the agreed infrastructure costs. Economies of scale may be realised in multi-home papakāinga.  To understand what be available to support your planning, please contact a regional office near you.

Demand across the rohe exceeds the amount of funding Te Puni Kōkiri has available.  We cannot fund every proposal that meets our criteria, as much as we would like to. 

For more information on what funding is available and what has been delivered go here.

Need more info, or want to apply for funding?

Go here for further resources that support papakāinga development.

Contact a regional office near you.

For more information on your whenua go to the Tupu website

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