Māori Housing Network

Across the motu, whānau, hapū and iwi Māori are planning, funding and implementing successful housing initiatives.

Whānau solutions for whānau housing

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network supports individuals, whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū with information, advice and practical support to improve and develop whānau housing.

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.

What is the Māori Housing Network?

The Māori Housing Network is here to support individuals, whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū to achieve their housing aspirations.

The Network -
  • Shares information, and provides practical assistance and advice to whānau and rōpū
  • Manages Government funding for Māori housing projects
  • Works with other agencies on a co-ordinated approach to improve Māori housing.

Our priority areas are:

  • more whānau living in safe, warm and healthy homes
  • building whānau and rōpū knowledge, understanding and activity in housing
  • contributing to papakāinga projects.

How can the Māori Housing Network help me?

The Māori Housing Network can help you with information, to connect you with the right Government agency to help you with your housing needs.

The Network will work with you to develop your ideas and achieve your goals.

Practical advice

We work with you to develop your ideas –

  • for community-led housing repair programmes
  • developing infrastructure for housing on Māori land (roading, water, energy, waste and storm water systems)
  • building papakāinga

Funding

We work with you to see if we might be able to fund your plans.

Information

We provide information on –

  • other sources of funding
  • other housing providers
  • potential partners
  • home ownership

Check out how we can help you

A Guide to Papakāinga Housing
This booklet is a guide to whānau papakāinga housing available to you, your whānau and community. This guide sets out the process for developing papakāinga housing in three stages with checklists, tips and advice to progress your papakāinga housing development.

A Guide to Papakāinga Housing

A Guide to Māori Housing Support Across Government
This booklet is a guide to Māori housing support available to you, your whānau and community. This guide provides information about services and support available from Te Puni Kōkiri and other government agencies.

A Guide to Māori Housing Support Across Government

  

Māori Housing Network Operating Process

How do I apply?

We work alongside individuals, whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū to help you consider your housing goals, plan your project, develop funding proposals, and provide agreed funding as your project is implemented. We see this as a four stage process.

Stage 1. How can we help you?

Stage 2. Project development

Stage 3. Proposal management

Stage 4. Monitoring and reporting

Maori Housing Network Operating Process [PDF 47KB]

What Māori housing funds does Te Puni Kōkiri have?

In 2020/21 Te Puni Kōkiri manages $28.060 million to support Māori Housing Network investments in the following focus areas:

  • repair homes owned and occupied by low income whānau Māori, - usually multiple homes within a community
  • support the development of new houses for whānau, usually on papakāinga – papakāinga workshops, papakāinga planning, infrastructure, and construction of rental homes
  • build the capability of whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū to respond to Māori housing aspirations.

In 2020/21 Te Puni Kōkiri is also managing funding for these specific projects:

  • the final year of Te Ara Mauwhare, which are trials of new models to assist low to median income whānau Māori to move toward home ownership ($9 million over 2017/18 to 2020/21)
  • $5.860m to support the Hastings Place-Based initiative that will see 20 whānau homes assessed and repaired, at least 22 affordable rental homes built on papakāinga, and at least 17 other Māori Land sites supported with infrastructure to enable whānau to build their own homes.

How can I apply for funding?

Housing advisers in Te Puni Kōkiri regional offices work with whānau and rōpū to see how best to help. In some cases this may include advice about how to contact other agencies who can help.

Regional advisers will work with whānau and rōpū to develop a proposal. Whānau and rōpū can contact a Te Puni Kōkiri office, for assistance.

2020/21 Māori Housing Network investments - Update following COVID-19 (19 June 2020)

The Māori Housing Network is committed to continuing to support whānau Māori to live in healthy, affordable and secure homes.  Since the Network was launched in October 2015, demand for support from whānau has increased exponentially.

To date the Māori Housing Network has approved funding of more than $100 million to:

  • repair homes owned and occupied by whānau Māori, - usually multiple homes within a community
  • support the development of new houses for whānau, usually on papakāinga – papakāinga workshops, papakāinga planning, infrastructure, and construction of rental homes
  • build the capability of whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū to respond to Māori housing aspirations.

For 2020/21 demand across the rohe has far exceeded the amount of funding the Māori Housing Network has available.  Alongside this, the impact of COVID-19 has required us to refine our priorities for immediate investments. This has meant the Māori Housing Network cannot fund every proposal that has been submitted, as much as we would like to.

Our 2020/21 funding for papakāinga and new whānau homes is currently fully committed.  More funding may become available in November 2020.  Applications already received plus any new applications received before November will be reprioritised and reconsidered at this time.

Our 2020/21 funding for repairs to whānau homes has been allocated to regions, to invest with community-based rōpū who will coordinate repair programmes.  Regional teams can put you in touch with the rōpū who are coordinating the repair assessments and repair of homes in your rohe.

Our 2020/21 funding for Sorted Kainga Ora programme has been allocated to regions, to invest with rōpū who have certified facilitators ready to deliver these programmes in the community.  Regional teams can advise you when these programmes are being offered in your region, and put you in touch with the rōpū to register your interest to attend.

The Māori Housing Network wants to encourage whānau and rōpū Māori to continue to explore opportunities to achieve their housing aspirations; and we want to continue to support this.  The first point of contact for housing assistance, including immediate needs, is the Te Puni Kōkiri regional office.  Our staff will provide support directly or connect you with other services and agencies who can help.

The Māori Housing Network is continually looking for partner agencies to support whānau housing aspirations. If we are unable to help you with financial assistance right now, we may be able to help you with information, advice and referrals to other agencies and potential sources of funding. Please contact your regional office to find out more.

Our Māori Housing Network Stories

Across the motu whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū are planning, funding and implementing successful housing initiatives. Learn more about the gains that are made for whānau through the support of the Māori Housing Network.

Ngā Hau e Whā National Marae papakāinga

A new papakāinga development in Christchurch is building communities as much as building houses.

This papakāinga took seven years of planning, delays including the impact of the earthquakes, then 10 months to erect. Now whānau are living among the six three-bedroom homes on the grounds of New Zealand’s only national urban marae, Ngā Hau e Whānau National Marae in Aranui.

SEE MORE OF OUR HOUSING STORIES >>

Contact Details

Regional advisers will work with whānau and rōpū to develop a proposal. Whānau and rōpū can contact a Te Puni Kōkiri office for assistance.

Māori Housing Network Funding Recipients

Find out which initiatives have received Māori Housing Network funding.

New approvals by Region as at 30 June 2019

The following table outlines the regional distribution of funding for the 340 projects approved by the Māori Housing Network between 3 October 2015 and 30 June 2019. Some projects include planned expenditure in 2020/21.

Region Total value of projects
approved
% of total
funding
Count of
projects
Te Tai Tokerau $ 20,547,243.70 22% 44
Tāmaki Makaurau $ 5,797,283.10 6% 17
Waikato-Waiariki  $ 19,136,432.06 21% 95
Ikaroa-Rāwhiti  $19,161,943.20 21% 64
Te Tai Hauāuru  $18,125,406.27 20% 92
Te Waipounamu  $7,054,139.50 8% 20
National  $1,636,418.00 2% 8
Grand Total  $ 91,458,865.83 100% 340

Māori Housing Network Investment by Financial Year

Māori Housing Network Performance

Investment strategy

The Māori Housing Network Investment Strategy for 2018-21, which sets out the approach of the Network and its medium term priorities is available here.

Latest Reports

Maori Housing Supply and Demand in Te Tai Tokerau

Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand commissioned research, a set of four reports to provide comprehensive baseline data and a fifth report that summarises the key findings, to look at the Māori housing supply and demand in Te Tai Tokerau.

Read more

Housing policy

Te Puni Kōkiri works with other agencies to ensure that government housing policy contributes to improved housing outcomes for whānau Māori and communities.

The activities and the work of the Māori Housing Network contribute to the Government’s wider housing programme and to He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tāngata, the Māori Housing Strategy.

More information about the Government’s wider housing programme can be found here: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/

Sorted Kāinga Ora

Sorted Kāinga Ora is a programme to build the financial capability of whānau Māori so they can make choices about how to meet their housing aspirations.

The programme was developed by Māori, to be delivered by Māori, to whānau Māori, and evaluated by Māori. It was developed by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Commission for Financial Capability, building on other Sorted programmes developed by the Commission to build financial capability for specific iwi and rōpū, with an added housing focus.

Sorted Kāinga Ora combines the concepts of kāinga (home) and ora (wellbeing), with the word Sorted to indicate that it is part of the series of Sorted programmes developed by the Commission, working with other rōpū and agencies.

The programme was first implemented as part of the Te Ara Mauwhare trials, where it was a pre-requisite for whānau who wanted a whare allocated to them under a trial. It is now being implemented more widely across the Māori Housing Network as a consistent high quality financial capability programme - to support whānau who are part of the urgent repair kaupapa, papakāinga developments, in emergency or transitional housing, to achieve whatever aspirations are reflected in their housing plans.

Sorted Kāinga Ora focusses on the importance of building communities, not just houses.

The programme comprises eight workshops with both course work and support between the sessions. The content covers current expenditure patterns, budgeting, goal setting, money systems, debt, compound interest, mortgages, savings, KiwiSaver, insurance, wills, powers of attorney, financial planning, and the home ownership model that underpins the trial in which the whānau is involved.

Whānau are pre-screened to ensure they are ready to commit to the workshop programme and associated course work. After the eight week workshop programme, each whanau is offered significant navigator-type support to implement their whānau housing plan (including budgeting, and dealing with debt or borrowing) - whether that is preparing themselves for home ownership, or managing current/other housing arrangements on a better footing, toward potential longer-term home ownership aspirations.

The programme will be delivered by facilitators trained by the Commission, using a research-based adult learning approach.

COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-Track Consenting) Act

New legislation to fast-track resource consent for projects including papakāinga development, will speed up the supply of warm, healthy homes, boost the Māori economy and New Zealand's response to COVID-19.

Find out more about the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 which means resource consents can be processed much faster than the usual four to six-month period.   

Media Releases

Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • 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.

    Read more

  • 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

    Read more

  • 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.

    Read more

  • National Māori Housing Conference 2020

    • Date: 30 April 2020 to 01 May 2020

    A hui that aspires to put a roof over our heads and a floor under our feet surrounded by unbreachable walls just as our ancient iterations prescribed.

    Read more

    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga
  • 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.

    Read more

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