Our Māori Housing Network Stories

  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Supporting Māori into home ownership

    • Date: 05 December 2018

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    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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  • $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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  • New housing development builds community spirit

    • Date: 02 March 2018

    A new marae based housing development in Christchurch is about building communities as much as building houses says Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Manager, Te Waipounamu, David Ormsby.

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  • New social housing build underway in rural Wairarapa

    • Date: 16 November 2017

    In a bid to make the pā vibrant again, a new six home social housing development, infrastructure support and rebuild of the marae has started at Hurunui-o-Rangi Marae, 10km east of Carterton.

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  • New initiative helps whānau find successful housing independence

    • Date: 03 August 2017

    A new home ownership initiative is proving a success amongst Rotorua whānau as they achieve housing independence or enter into the final stages of owning their own homes.

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  • Marae housing helps Edgecumbe whānau affected by floods

    • Date: 19 July 2017

    Kokohinau Marae have kick-started their papakāinga housing development with a ‘turning of the sod’ ceremony in Edgecumbe. The papakāinga development will be used to help house whānau who lost their homes in the Edgecumbe floods in April.

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  • Budget 2017: $27m for marae and Māori housing

    • Date: 25 May 2017

    The special significance of marae to Māori and communities is being acknowledged in this year’s Budget with $10 million over four years allocated to help repair and restore whare and revitalise the paepae, building resilience of those charged with maintaining the protocols of marae, says Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.

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