Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga

Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga is a commitment of $730 million over four years to accelerate Māori-led housing solutions. 

This is a combination of investment from Budget 2021 ($380m) and the Māori Infrastructure Fund ($350m) -  the largest investment ever in Māori Housing.

Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga can provide investment for:

  • Increasing organisational capability and capacity to deliver Māori-led housing solutions.
  • Delivery of new or upgraded infrastructure to increase the supply of build ready land.
  • Repairs for whanau Māori homes to improve housing quality in the immediate term.
  • Housing projects that increase the supply of housing provided by Māori.

Through this investment, the Crown and Māori can build towards a future where Māori increasingly lead and deliver their whānau, hapū and iwi housing aspirations in their own communities and regions.

Funding pathways

Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga has two pathways for allocating investment.

Project pathway – Open 20 October 2021

This pathway expands existing Māori housing programmes to address immediate housing need. The Project Pathway will see investments into discrete repairs, infrastructure, housing, and capability projects across Aotearoa, with a focus on deliverability and readiness of delivery partners.

Programme Pathway – Opening in 2021

This pathway will focus on regional housing delivery to enable new delivery models and partnerships that sustainably increase Māori-led housing delivery in the medium to long-term.

Apply and contact us

Click the link below to find out more about how to apply. For any other information, please email the Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga project team on WKWO@HUD.govt.nz.

Published: June 22, 2021