Investing in Māori-driven housing and urban development solutions

This year, we established two MAIHI and place-based programmes to improve housing outcomes in Te Tairāwhiti and Te Tai Tokerau.

Te Tairāwhiti

We worked with our partner housing agencies, alongside the Toitū Tairāwhiti iwi collective, Manaaki Tairāwhiti (Rau Tipu, Rau Ora) and Gisborne and Opotiki district councils. Toitū Tairāwhiti, which comprises six Iwi groups that stretch across the East Coast region, has produced a plan to develop immediate housing outcomes where no current supply exists. MAIHI has delivered funding support to house whānau who were living in deprived settings from Raukokore, Gisborne and Waihirere.

Te Tai Tokerau

As part of the four regional priorities for Te Tai Tokerau, Whai Kāinga has been established to understand the housing needs of the communities across the region and to build a work programme to help communities, Māori and iwi to deliver on their housing aspirations. We are working across agencies, with iwi and Māori, and local government to coordinate and align the work programmes being developed between regional groups already operating, and alongside new targeted approaches.

We have several new iwi and Māori-led housing initiatives under development through the MAIHI work programme. MAIHI has delivered funding to build capability and capacity through He Taupua for community-led projects. He Taupae funding has been provided to support land feasibility studies for housing developments and He Kūkū ki te Kāinga has been provided to increase housing supply.

Read about our investment in Māori housing.

Raukōkore solar-powered housing highlights effective partnership with iwi

New housing is being delivered in record time by using relocatable Built Smart homes constructed in Huntly and transported to Raukōkore, which is close to the East Cape. The homes arrive fully insulated and are being connected to a new solar plant, replacing costly diesel generators. Whānau moving into one Built Smart home had been living in a run-down post office building. The housing at Raukōkore is rent-to-own, providing a pathway to home ownership. Winter has been the toughest season because of the cost of fuel for heating.

In early 2021/22, 16 new homes and eight renovations will have been delivered. MAIHI is about working in partnership with Māori. It requires us to work collaboratively across government to support a cohesive and coordinated approach to delivering housing solutions with iwi and Māori.

MAIHI Ka Ora | National Māori housing strategy

We launched the strategy in September 2021. The strategy takes Te Maihi o te Whare Māori – Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation Framework for Action (MAIHI) which drives a whole of system approach and elevates it to provide the strategic direction for the whole Māori housing system, developed in partnership with Māori for Māori.

Whai Kāinga, Whai Oranga

In October 2021, we established Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga, a $380 million investment in Māori housing to accelerate Māori-led housing solutions. This joint initiative between Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga and Te Puni Kōkiri will see the delivery of new housing and repairs to existing stock for Māori across Aotearoa.

Published: November 10, 2021