What funding is available and what has been delivered

What Māori Housing funds does Te Puni Kōkiri have?

Budget 21 provides for a $380m investment (over four years) into Māori housing through the Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga initiative, to be delivered jointly by Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga (Ministry for Housing and Urban Development, HUD):

  • $138.6m comes to Vote Māori Development for additional papakāinga and small scale housing, alongside additional whare repairs.
  • $241.4m will be administered via HUD and includes Māori housing sector capability funding, and funding for larger scale Māori housings projects

This investment will be complimented by $350m invested into infrastructure to support Māori and iwi providers to build homes for whānau Māori.  This will be administered by HUD.

The proposed vision for this investment is:

  • to expand existing Māori housing delivery programmes and improve housing quality through repairs in the immediate term, and
  • to enable new delivery models that sustainably increase Māori housing delivery in the medium to long term.

Specifically, the funds will be used to:

  • build 1000 additional houses (including papakāinga housing) in partnership with iwi and Māori throughout Aotearoa.
  • Repair 700 additional whānau-owned homes in areas of high housing need

Joint Ministers must approve an implementation plan before the Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga funds are released to Te Puni Kōkiri and HUD. 

A particular focus for the new funding is to develop and test new ways of working with iwi partners to deliver centrally enabled, regionally led Māori housing solutions at scale.  Three iwi partners were initially identified through the Pou Tahua workstream of the National Iwi Chairs Forum (NICF) to pilot the new delivery model with the first year of the new funding.

Once approved, the 2021/22 funding will allow these iwi partners to be commissioned to deliver new houses and housing repairs, alongside other smaller scale investments direct to rōpū and whānau Māori who are in the Māori Housing Network pipeline.  2021/22 investments will also build the pipeline of future projects that will be ready to start 1 July 2022.

Whareponga X papakāinga, in Ruatoria

Developing your project with the Māori Housing Network

Stage 1. How can we help?

When you connect with the Māori Housing Network we will listen to you to find out what your housing needs and aspirations are – and discuss how we can help.

If you are looking to develop infrastructure for homes, or want to create affordable housing for whānau, or put together a community housing repair project for homes in serious disrepair, we will help you develop your plans and identify the potential for your project to receive funding.

If you need other housing services, such as help with a tenancy or emergency housing, we will assist you to get help through the right agency.

If your project is outside the scope of our funding, we can hep connect you with other agencies.

Stage 2. Project development

Once you have a project ready to develop, we will work with you to prepare your funding proposal, including working through options for funding support. In some cases this may include considering other potential sources of funding if these are available.

Stage 3. Proposal management

All funding proposals are assessed nationally from time to time throughout the year. Once your proposal has been assessed, you will be advised whether or not your project qualifies for funding support through the Māori Housing Network.

If you are not funded, we may be able to help you with information, advice and referrals to other agencies and potential sources of funding. If you are granted financial assistance, we will work with you on the next steps. These include completion of a Funding Agreement. This sets out the outcomes you want to achieve, deliverables, timelines and payment schedules.

Stage 4. Monitoring and reporting

As your project gets underway, you provide regular progress reports, as set out in your Funding Agreement. As each agreed milestone is achieved and invoices presented, funding for the next steps is released.

The Network will keep in touch with you to ensure that the practical and financial support provided is meeting your needs. We want your project to be a success.


Rotopounamu 1B3A2C Ahu Whenua Trust Papakāinga, Clive

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Funding Recipients

New approvals by Region as at 30 June 2020

The following table outlines the regional distribution of funding for the 448 projects approved by Te Puni Kōkiri between 3 October 2015 and 30 June 2020. Some projects include planned expenditure over multiple years. 

2020/21 Financial year approvals will be published soon.

Region Total value of projects
approved ($m)
% of total
Count of
Te Tai Tokerau $ 22.715 18% 60
Tāmaki Makaurau $ 8.686 7% 28
Waikato-Waiariki  $ 25.501 20% 119
Ikaroa-Rāwhiti  $32.322 26% 92
Te Tai Hauāuru  $22.200 18% 115
Te Waipounamu  $22.200 10% 31
National  $2.041 2% 10
Grand Total  $ 126.341 100% 448

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Investment by Financial Year

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