About Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga

It funds both small-scale Māori housing projects and larger developments, from repairing existing homes to building new ones. Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga is jointly administered with Te Puni Kōkiri.


To be eligible, you have to be an:

  • iwi
  • hapū
  • a Māori entity (a registered business with a minimum of 50 percent Māori ownership).

You can't apply for funding if your proposed project, or the part of the project which you're seeking funding for, is going to be exclusively used for commercial purposes.

Apply for funding

To apply for Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga funding you can either email WKWO@hud.govt.nz to discuss your project, or submit an expression of interest form. Download an expression of interest form.

See more details about the kinds of projects that are being funded and what we look for when making funding decisions on our programme page