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Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga

Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga is a commitment of $380 million over four years in Budget 2021. This investment in Māori housing is about accelerating Māori-led housing solutions.

The investment is complemented by $350 million for Māori Infrastructure from the Housing Acceleration Fund.

Together this investment will support the government and Māori and iwi to work together to support whānau, hapū and iwi through:

  • Building new housing that will be a range of papakāinga housing, affordable rentals, and owner-occupied housing
  • Unlocking whenua Māori for housing through infrastructure investment
  • Undertaking repairs to Māori owned homes in areas of high housing need – to keep whānau with high housing stress housed while more houses are built and delivered
  • Building the capability of Māori and iwi to accelerate housing projects and provide support services.

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.

Support and investment will be delivered through Te Maihi o te Whare Māori – Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation (MAIHI). MAIHI brings Māori and iwi and the Crown together in a working partnership. 

Details of how Māori and iwi developers can access Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga will be announced in September 2021. 

For information on support for housing developments and capability building for Māori groups and iwi, contact  

For more information on papakāinga and repairs, contact or your nearest Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Office.

Published: June 22, 2021