Māori Housing Network

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

Māori Housing Update: repairs and papakāinga development during COVID-19 Alert Level 4

Under the guidelines for essential services under the response to COVID-19, the majority of Te Puni Kōkiri funded repairs and papakāinga mahi would not be considered essential services. The exceptions would be cases where building and construction is required immediately to maintain human health and safety. Where a rōpū has already begun repairs to a whare or a papakāinga development has begun, this may mean completing to a point that the site is safe (e.g. no exposed wires, papakāinga sites locked down), all work can pause, and then resume once the Alert level is reduced. In all cases, consideration needs to be taken not to expose people to COVID-19, particularly vulnerable whānau and kaumatua.

Using some queries we have received recently:

  • Repairs required to stop toilet waste flooding back to the whare. These repairs would be required to maintain human health and safety at home or work and could be considered essential.
  • Repairs to a vacant house (whānau relocated to house next door in crowded conditions). These repairs would not be considered essential to maintain human health and safety (building work not required immediately).

We will be taking a flexible approach for rōpū with respect to achieving contract deliverable dates, in line with the COVID-19 Investment Update published on our website:  https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/list-of-funds.  

Under Level 4 of the COVID response, essential businesses and those that support them will continue to provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand.  Essential social services are those that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Where the social service is the only way for people accessing food and other goods they need to survive (eg, money management (but not budget advice), food banks, and other delivery of essential goods)
  2. A social service that provides and supports a place for someone to live (eg, Supported Accommodation, Housing First, Residences, Bail Hostels, Night Shelters, Family Homes, remand homes, foster carers of children in state care, resettlement services for recent migrants and refugees, transitional housing providers, Community Housing Providers) 
  3. A social service that supports disabled people to maintain critical wellbeing (eg, disability services for those with high needs or very high needs, and excluding disability employment services)
  4. Crisis support for people who are unsafe (eg, Funded helplines, refuges and family violence services, foster care support services, sexual violence crisis services)

For the building and construction sector the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is the lead agency, and entities providing essential services (including their supply chains) are:

  • Any entity involved in building and construction related to essential services and critical infrastructure
  • Any entity involved in building and construction required immediately to maintain human health and safety at home or work
  • Any entity that performs or is involved in building and resource consenting necessary for the above purposes.

More information about Essential Services can be found at www.covid19.govt.nz

Te Puni Kōkiki Regional teams are happy to receive enquiries if you have any questions.  Please contact the regional office / key contact person identified on your Funding Agreement in the first instance. 

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


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


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]

Budget 2019 – Māori housing

Māori housing has a further $40 million over four years as part of Budget 2019.  This will allow more whānau access to healthy, affordable, secure homes. Whānau wellbeing is at the heart of this year’s Budget announcements for Māori.

The additional funding will allow 300 whānau to access Sorted Kāinga Ora workshops, 100 more homes per annum will be repaired through the community led housing repair programmes, and 10 more homes will be built per annum on papakāinga.

What Māori housing funds does Te Puni Kōkiri have?

Budget 18 sets aside an additional $15 million for Māori housing for 2018/19.

Te Puni Kōkiri already manages $19.641 million per annum to support projects that:

  • improve the quality of housing for whānau
  • build capability in the Māori housing sector
  • increase the supply of affordable housing for whānau

Te Puni Kōkiri is also managing $9 million over three years (2017/18 to 2019/20) to trial new models to assist low to median income whānau Māori to move toward home ownership (Te Ara Mauwhare).

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.

Update as at 7 October 2019

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
  • 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 2019/20 demand across the rohe has far exceeded the amount of funding the Māori Housing Network has available.  This has meant the Māori Housing Network cannot fund every proposal that has been submitted, as much as we would like to.

The Māori Housing Network want to encourage whānau, rōpū and Māori organisations to continue to explore opportunities to become involved in housing their people; and we want to continue to support this interest and enthusiasm.

The 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.


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
% of total
Count of
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.

Media Releases

Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • 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
  • 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. 

    Read more

  • 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.

    Read more

  • 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.

    Read more

  • Call for contributions - PARITY Housing Magazine

    • Date: 21 October 2019 to 15 November 2019

    Submissions are being called for the December 2019 joint edition of Parity and HousingWorks will be devoted to an examination and discussion of the future of Aboriginal and Māori Housing.

    Read more

    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: PARITY

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