Te Puni Kōkiri is working with rōpū across the motu to trial innovative approaches to assist whānau Māori into home ownership.
Assisting whānau into home ownership
Home ownership is an aspiration for many whānau Māori, but is out of reach for many. The 2013 census recorded that 28 percent of Māori adults owned their own home compared to 50 percent of the total adult population.
Te Ara Mauwhare – Pathways to Home Ownership aims to reverse this trend by finding innovative ways to support whānau Māori into home ownership.
Te Puni Kōkiri is working with rōpū across the motu to co-design innovative approaches to assist more whānau Māori to own their own homes. Rōpū who are partnering with Te Puni Kōkiri through Te Ara Mauwhare are focused on developing home ownership approaches that meet the housing needs and aspirations of whānau Māori with low to median incomes.
The Minister for Māori Development announced 1 June 2018 that the first trial to begin is with He Korowai Trust, a Māori service provider in Kaitāia.
“The Trust has an intimate knowledge and understanding of the real housing needs of their people coupled with a demonstrated commitment to get whānau into safe, healthy, secure homes. Initiatives like these are vital for the future development of whānau.” the Minister said.
He Korowai Trust is testing an affordable rent-to-own home ownership model that enables whānau to not just put a roof over their heads, but eventually own it. This trial will help provide an economic base for whānau with which to grow further and engage more positively in the community and wider society.
The trial includes a perpetual right to occupy whenua in the Whare Ora papakāinga, owned by the Trust. The site is alcohol, drug and violence free. All whānau will complete a financial capability-building programme and will receive ongoing budgeting assistance, early childhood, medical care, counselling and other support.
Other trials will be announced later in the year.
Our Māori housing stories
He Korowai Trust
He Korowai Trust has been working to create innovative housing solutions for whānau and Māori communities within Te Tai Tokerau especially in Kaitāia. The Whare Ora papakāinga project is a dream that has been realised with the opening of 9 homes, with a plan to have up to 18 homes on the papakāinga, it most recently opened up a puna reo [early childhood centre]. He Korowai Trust also supports a 35-bed emergency accommodation unit, medical centre, community café and provide social services to whānau and Māori communities.
Who will benefit from the Te Ara Mauwhare – Pathways to Home Ownership initiative?
Te Ara Mauwhare - Pathways to Home Ownership aims to assist low to median income whānau who cannot purchase their own home using current purchase mechanisms.
Te Ara Mauwhare does this by working with rōpū to achieve their housing aspirations, and through that their wider community development aspirations. Stable housing also provides a stronger economic base for whanau,
What is Te Ara Mauwhare – Pathways to Home Ownership about?
Te Ara Mauwhare – Pathways to Home Ownership is an initiative to identify, trial, and evaluate innovative approaches to assist low to median income whānau to move towards home ownership.
Budget 2017 committed $9 million spread over three years to this initiative. Te Puni Kōkiri will work with and fund iwi and other rōpū to test innovative ways to assist whānau into home ownership.
The trials will be closely monitored and evaluated to see which models work effectively for whānau.
Te Puni Kōkiri received a wide range of proposals from rōpū across the motu. We have selected a smaller number of proposals to co-design the models to be trialled.
These include shared equity (ownership), rent-to-buy, and other innovative models in a papakāinga context; and we are exploring a way to help whānau currently receiving an Income Related Rent Subsidy for social housing.
Criteria for proposed models
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Can whānau apply to buy a house under this scheme?
The first step is for Te Puni Kōkiri to partner with rōpū to co-design an innovative model for the trial. It will take some time to build the houses.
Once the trials are in place, whānau will be selected by each rōpū. All whānau selected to participate in the trials will participate in a programme to build their financial capability ready for home ownership.
How many homes will be available?
This depends on the models being trialled, and the level of investment by potential partners.
Updates on Te Ara Mauwhare – Pathways to Home Ownership
- Te Ara Mauwhare | Pathways to Home Ownership, 31 August 2017
- Te Ara Mauwhare | Pathways to Home Ownership, 12 October 2017
- Te Ara Mauwhare Tuhinga 3, 01 November 2017
If you would like to receive updates once the trials are underway email: MaoriHousing@tpk.govt.nz.
- Supporting Māori into home ownership, 5 December 2018
- New home ownership trials underway to help whānau, 14 November 2018
- Ōtangarei Papakāinga homes a new beginning, 1 June 2018
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