Funds and services for Iwi and Māori organisations

 See the housing support and funding that different government agencies provide for iwi and Māori organisations.

Getting build ready

Papakāinga planning and development

Through the Māori Housing Network, Te Puni Kōkiri can support owners and trustees of whenua Māori to engage with professional services and technical advice to plan for small-scale papakāinga developments, to get them build-ready. 

For more information please visit the Te Puni Kōkiri - Papakāinga planning webpage.

He Taupua Fund

Supports kaupapa Māori approaches to projects that contribute to increasing Māori housing supply and building the capability of Māori housing providers to deliver houses. Funding can be used to develop housing strategies, undertake needs assessments, and to strengthen internal capability.

For more information please visit HUD's He Taupua fund webpage.

He Taupae Fund

He Taupae works to increase the technical capability of Māori organisations to build on their whenua. The types of services that could be funded through He Taupae could include geotechnical investigations; master planning; infrastructure reports; planning advice; contamination reports; traffic assessments; development management and feasibility; and resource and building consents.

For more information please visit HUD's He Taupae fund webpage.

Whenua Māori Fund

Te Puni Kōkiri supports Māori landowners to explore different uses of land and ways of boosting its productivity. This can include funding for feasibility to assess mixed land use propositions including papakāinga.

For more information please visit the Te Puni Kōkiri - Whenua Māori Fund webpage.

Building on whenua Māori and general titled land

Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga

Supports the delivery of Māori housing at pace to enable investment to:  

  • housing projects (including papakāinga) that increase the supply of housing provided by Māori 
  • increase organisational capability and capacity to deliver Māori-led housing solutions 
  • deliver new or upgraded infrastructure to increase the supply of build ready land 
  • progress repairs for whānau Māori homes to improve housing quality in the immediate term. 

Infrastructure for whenua Māori

Te Puni Kōkiri can provide information, advice, and funding for the installation of new infrastructure on whenua Māori to support small-scale papakāinga housing (generally up to 10 whare), and for individual homeownership.

For more information please visit the Te Puni Kōkiri - Papakāinga planning webpage.

Right of First Refusal (RFR)

Where Right of First Refusal has been granted over land (depending on the landowner and RFR terms) Te Tūāpapa Kura Kainga and Kāinga Ora can explore partnership agreements with iwi to develop, if iwi wish to purchase the whenua.

Land for Housing programme

Supports Māori and other partners to deliver mixed-housing developments that include affordable, open market and public housing. The Programme can help with early-stage development opportunities and working capital. The Programme purchases Crown or private land makes it available for development, then once the development is completed, sells the land to the developer on a deferred payment basis. 

For more information please email

Information for developers - KiwiBuild

Through the Buying Off the Plans Initiative, Kāinga Ora underwrites the sales of the project, subject to meeting specific price points and homes being sold to eligible KiwiBuild purchasers (first home buyers and second chancers). The underwrite can help developers meet required presales to access finance

For more information please visit the Kiwibuild - Information for developers webpage.

Papakāinga development

Te Puni Kōkiri provides information, advice and funding to support the construction of multiply-owned affordable rental housing on papakāinga, typically on whenua Māori. The focus is on smaller scale papakāinga (generally up to 10 whare).

For more information please visit the Te Puni Kōkiri - Supporting new homes and papakāinga webpage.

Purchasing a whare

Progressive Home Ownership (PHO) Fund

Progressive Home Ownership (PHO) enables approved PHO providers to take a 15-year loan to partner with low-to-median income households and share the cost of home ownership through schemes such as shared ownership, rent-to-buy, or leasehold. 

Through the Progressive Home Ownership Fund, we are supporting more whānau into homeownership by: 

  • enabling housing providers to develop and expand their progressive home ownership schemes through the Provider pathway,  
  • supporting Iwi and Māori organisations to offer PHO through Te Au Taketake, and 
  • providing financial support for eligible first home buyers, through the First Home Partner programme with Kainga Ora. 

Supporting innovation for Māori housing projects

Māori and Public Housing Renewable Energy Fund

Established to trial small-scale renewable energy technologies. The funding will be allocated to selected projects over four years until mid-2024 through an open application process.

Providing housing support

Local Innovation and Partnership Fund

Supports the development and implementation of local initiatives to respond to and prevent homelessness. It is a $16.6 million fund set up under the Homelessness Action Plan. 

Repairs to whānau homes

Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga

Additional funding, through the Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga Programme has also been made available to support housing repairs.

Published: April 11, 2022