He Taupua fund

Kei aku iti, kei aku rahi, tēnā tātau. E kī ana te kōrero, he kura kāinga e hokia, he kura tangata e kore e hokia, tēnā tātau e whai nei kia whakatinana i tērā whakaaro, he whakatū kāinga ka ora ā haere ake nei.

Supporting whānau Māori to find and keep safe, secure, healthy and affordable housing is essential to reducing the numbers of Māori becoming homeless.

Te Maihi o te Whare Māori – the Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation Framework for Action (MAIHI) puts Māori at the heart of the Aotearoa New Zealand's housing narrative, acknowledges the history of Māori housing and responds to these needs through kaupapa Māori approaches.


MAIHI sets a precedent for working in partnership with Māori and was developed with input from key partners across the Māori housing community. MAIHI requires that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development will work collaboratively across government through a single door approach to increase housing supply that attends to whānau needs, prevents homelessness and works to improve Māori housing security. In addition, opportunities to partner through housing projects that connect skills, training and enterprise will realise the value of long-term sustainable outcomes for whānau and their communities.

Increasing Kaupapa Māori Capability in the system

Enabling a responsive system requires housing supply to meet housing demand. Building the capability of whānau trusts and Ahuwhenua trusts, iwi, and registered Māori housing providers is continuously developing so that future consequences are anticipated and responses are planned. Collaborating and partnering will help us to shape the system in a way that is effective for all.

Building capability to deliver Māori housing contributes to thriving whānau and communities

Kei a tātau te ara tika | The answers are within us

At the heart of our focus for Māori housing aspiration is the desire to start with a strengths-based approach through recognising ‘Te Mauri o te Whānau.’

Whānau have access to a warm, dry and safe home with security of tenure appropriate to their circumstances;
Whānau have connections to the services they need to be able to sustain their housing; and
Whānau have the opportunity to fully participate in their community.

We are committed to supporting Māori housing capability to partner with the Government’s housing programme. We seek to address the high number of Māori experiencing homelessness with urgency, through working in partnership with communities to accelerate support, using MAIHI and He Taupua fund.

Taupuatia ngā amo e tū ai ko te MAIHI | Strengthened support enables the delivery of MAIHI

What is He Taupua?

He Taupua will contribute to the implementation of MAIHI by strengthening the delivery of kaupapa Māori approaches and building the capability of whānau trusts and Ahuwhenua trusts, hapū, iwi, and registered Māori housing providers. He Taupua provides a total investment of $3 million in 2020/21 in initiatives to provide support to whānau experiencing homelessness or facing housing insecurity.

Who should apply for He Taupua?

Applications to the fund are invited from whānau trusts and Ahuwhenua trusts, hapū, iwi, and registered Māori housing providers. Applications should clearly state an ability to:

  1. Engage and work collaboratively within your local Māori community;
  2. Propose, develop and deliver options for whānau Māori across the housing continuum;
  3. Provide support to whānau Māori experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity and show how improved housing outcomes will be achieved.

Apply to He Taupua fund

The funding round is open now and closes at 5:00pm on 2 November 2020. Completed applications should be submitted via email to MAIHIFund@hud.govt.nz. You can also contact us at that address with questions about your application. 

Following assessment, the outcome of applications will be notified in writing to all applicants. 

PDF application form

The form is designed to be filled out on screen using Adobe Acrobat. Once you have downloaded the file, fill it in and save it again before emailing it to us.

If you require a printable version of the form or need assistance, email MAIHIFund@hud.govt.nz.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the He Taupua fund?

He Taupua (the fund) provides a total of $3 million for investment in 2020/21.

The fund will support projects that build the capability of whānau trusts and Ahuwhenua trusts, hapū, iwi, and registered Māori housing providers that work with Māori experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. He Taupua has been established under Te Maihi o te Whare Māori – the Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation Framework for Action (MAIHI) with budget provided through the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan.

When do applications for the fund open and close?

The first round of applications to the fund opens on 4 August and closes by 5:00pm, Monday, 2 November 2020. The following timeline is proposed.



4 August 2020

Fund opens for applications

2 November 2020, 5:00pm

Fund closes

December 2020

Funding decisions made

January 2021

Funding provided to applicants

Will there be another round of funding?

Further funding rounds will depend on the success of projects in this current round.

Where do applicants go for more information or help?


You can find more information on how to apply to the He Taupua fund in the He Taupua fund guidance document. If you have any questions for require further information, contact us at MAIHIfund@hud.govt.nz.


What is due diligence?

This process ensures all applicants have appropriate capacity and capability to deliver the project on time and within budget. Our checks include: current legal status, appropriate governance and management arrangements, sound project management plans and financial viability.

If you are a registered Community Housing Provider or have Social Sector Accreditation, we factor this into our due diligence so that we don’t require this information from you twice.

How much can I apply for?

Applications for funding from He Taupua may be up to a maximum of $500,000 (Excluding GST, if any).

What if my project is longer than one year?

On a case by case basis, we may consider multi-year funding arrangements. This decision will be made at the discretion of HUD and take into account the scope of the project, reach into communities, range of outcomes that will benefit whānau Māori and the connections to other funding and support from Crown agencies.

How does the He Taupua Fund relate to the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan?

The fund has been established under MAIHI with budget provided through the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan.

MAIHI supports kaupapa Māori approaches and partnerships with Māori deliver more housing solutions that meet whānau Māori needs, prevent homelessness, and increase housing security and supply.

Why do we need the He Taupua Fund?

Māori is one of the largest groups of people experiencing homelessness, even though Māori only make up 15 percent of New Zealand’s population. Approximately 65 percent of the whānau receiving emergency housing support through COVID-19 are Māori.

Without targeted support, we expect to see an increased demand for housing and services by whānau Māori to prevent homelessness and housing insecurity.

Iwi, hapū, whānau, and Māori organisations are actively looking to develop housing solutions for Māori in need and want to partner with government. Working with them offers a greater likelihood that the government’s housing programme will meet the needs of whānau Māori and be more enduring. While potential iwi and Māori partners are well placed to understand the needs and best solutions for Māori in their rohe, there are parts of the Māori housing sector that need to grow capability to keep up with the pace of the housing crisis for whānau Māori.

What is Te Maihi o te Whare Māori – the Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation (MAIHI) Framework for Action?

MAIHI was developed with input from key players in the Māori housing sector and is underpinned by kaupapa Māori principles of whānau wellbeing:




Te Maihi o te Whare Māori – the Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation Framework for Action (MAIHI) puts Māori at the heart of the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan.  It is used across government agencies and drives a cohesive and collaborative approach to the issues of homelessness and housing, where the key players across government and Māori bring their strengths to the issue, to deliver fit for purpose solutions and positive impacts for Māori and communities at pace.

What is the difference between the He Taupua Fund and the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund (also administered by the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development)?

Both funds seek to prevent and reduce homelessness. The key differences between the funds are:

  • The He Taupua fund aims to build capability in kaupapa Māori-based providers and their service delivery models. The Local Innovation and Partnership Fund will give weight to applications that apply kaupapa Māori approaches but it is able to fund applications that do not use kaupapa Māori approaches.
  • The Local Innovation and Partnership Fund targets applications from a partnership formed of two or more organisations. The He Taupua fund will consider partnership aspects of applications but it is not mandatory.

Published: August 4, 2020