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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.


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

How can the Māori Housing Network help me?

Just click on the need that most closely matches your housing need. This will direct you to either the Network or another agency that can help you.

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 16 March 2017

The following table outlines the regional distribution of funding for the 121 projects approved by the Māori Housing Network between 3 October 2015 and 16 March 2017. Some projects include planned expenditure in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Region Total value of projects
Count of
Te Tai Tokerau $ 13,439,327.32 20 15%
Tamaki Makaurau $ 1,400,233.70 5 4%
Waikato-Waiariki $ 6,087,951.06 42 31%
Ikaroa-Rawhiti $ 6,872,023.00 22 16%
Te Tai Hauāuru $ 7,054,280.23 41 30%
Te Waipounamu $ 1,917,660.00 5 4%
Grand Total $ 36,771,475.31 135 100%

Māori Housing Network Investment – Regional Breakdown

Approvals by Region as at 16 March 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.

  • Māori Housing Network supports six more papakāinga homes

    • Date: 18 April 2017

    Crowds gathered in Wairarapa to celebrate a new papakāinga development underway in Wairarapa for the beneficiaries of the Hurunui-o-Rangi Marae, located 10km east of Carterton. The development includes a rebuild of the marae and six new homes that will allow whānau to live on their ancestral land in affordable healthy homes and support their marae. The project will be completed over two years.


    Read more

  • Suicide Prevention Strategy - Public Consultation

    • Date: 12 April 2017 to 12 June 2017

    Opportunity to provide your thoughts and feedback on a draft suicide prevention strategy.

    Read more

    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: Ministry of Health
  • Photo credit: Duncan Brown courtesy of Hawke's Bay Today.

    Waimarama opens new papakāinga

    • Date: 04 April 2017

    Crowds gathered in Waimarama to celebrate the opening of a new papakāinga development which will provide housing options for local whānau. Five homes have been built at the site - three are three-bedroom affordable rental homes and two are for ownership as part of the first stage of the papakāinga development.

    Read more

  • Turner whānau papakāinga opening

    • Date: 03 March 2017

    The Turner whānau have opened their papakāinga in Ngāruawāhia. It all started about three years ago when they agreed their Whānau Ora plan through Te Puni Kōkiri WIIE fund.

    Read more

  • Whenua Māori Fund 2017

    • Date: 08 February 2017

    The Whenua Māori Fund was set up to assist owners and trustees of Māori freehold land to prepare for new opportunities, improve existing operations and utilise unused land. We profile ten initiatives from Te Taitokerau (Far North) to Te Waipounamu (South Island) who received a total of $1.15m covering nearly 48,000 hectares of land. The Fund provides $12.8 million over four years and is part of the wider Te Ture Whenua Māori reform designed to give Māori landowners more say and control over what happens with their whenua.

    Read more

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