Our whānau housing stories

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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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 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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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


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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New home ownership trials underway to help whānau

  • Date: 14 November 2018

More innovative trials to assist low-income whānau to move towards owning their own homes were announced today by Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite.

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Doors open to new papakāinga in Wairarapa

  • Date: 05 November 2018

A new papakāinga housing development has opened its doors in Wairarapa for the descendants of Hurunui-o-Rangi Marae, located 10km east of Carterton.

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Whānau wellbeing behind urban Hastings papakāinga

  • Date: 02 October 2018

The importance of whānau could not be more evident than at a new papakāinga in Hastings.

The Tawhai whānau have traversed a significant journey to realise the aspirations of their parents, Te Hore and Ngaikiha Tawhai, by developing a legacy for future generations including more than 100 tamariki and mokopuna.

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More housing for whānau in Ōpotiki

  • Date: 03 September 2018

A new project to provide more housing in Ōpotiki will make it easier for whānau and residents of Ōpotiki to find temporary and emergency housing.

Whakaatu Whanaunga Trust recently gathered to formally bless the whenua before construction and building was to commence on the housing site.

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$15 million for housing repairs and papakāinga

  • Date: 18 May 2018

As part of the Government’s approach to addressing housing issues in New Zealand, $15 million has been set aside in Budget 18 for Māori housing repair projects and papakāinga.

“Our strong focus on housing as a Government will reach whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū – we are targeting homelessness, increasing public housing, improving the quality of rental homes, building affordable homes, and looking for partnership opportunities," says Minister Mahuta. 

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