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Information on eligibility, how to apply and evaluation criteria for Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga investment.


Groups that are eligible

Iwi, hapu and Māori entities with housing aspirations can apply to Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga. Māori entities are registered businesses with a minimum of 50 percent Māori ownership or are a Māori Authority. Māori entities can choose to partner with other groups including territorial authorities on projects. 

Projects that are eligible

The project or part of the project for which the applicant is seeking investment cannot exclusively be for commercial purposes.  

Eligible infrastructure projects must be for: 

  • New or upgraded enabling infrastructure in the form of transport (including local roading, state highways, public transport infrastructure, footpaths and cycleways), three waters (water supply, wastewater and stormwater) and flood-management infrastructure; and 
  • New or upgraded onsite infrastructure (i.e. non-enabling infrastructure), including site remediation, onsite civils and foundations, onsite three waters including septic tanks and transmission and telecommunications infrastructure where the costs won’t be met by utility companies for example rural sites where utility companies provide infrastructure only within 100m of trunk infrastructure. 

Apply for investment

To apply for investment submit an expression of interest, or get in touch to discuss your project. Email us at

Projects that can be delivered in the immediate term and align with the investment criteria will be prioritised.

Evaluation Criteria

We are looking to invest in projects that are sufficiently advanced to provide enough certainty on housing outcomes, whilst not being so advanced such that Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga investment is not critical. Māori entities will need to contribute alongside Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga investment and investment shouldn’t displace other investment i.e. private or local council investment.  

All investment into infrastructure or housing supply projects will be evaluated against the following summarised criteria: 

  1. Housing benefits of the proposal (30%) -Proposals need to show how they contribute to the housing outcomes that are the purpose of Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga and the Māori Infrastructure Fund
  2. Supports long-term sustainable Māori led housing delivery (35%) -Proposal enables Māori led delivery of new housing across placed based areas / rohe
  3. Cost and co-funding (20%)- Proposal represents a cost-effective solution for the Government
  4. Capability and Immediacy (15%) -Proposal provides assurance that if funding is approved, the project will advance at pace

Investment available to build new homes

Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga can support your project with grant investment or in some cases repayable loans. The total investment per project will be based on the needs of the project.

Rōpū Māori will need to contribute financially to the cost of construction of new homes. 

Key considerations for investment allocation will be: 

  • Performance against the investment criteria – Does the project align with Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga objectives? 
  • Timing of housing delivery -Does the investment deliver as many near term housing outcomes as possible? 
  • Capacity of the fund – If the amount of Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga investment requested in a project is granted, is there sufficient capacity remaining in Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga to support the desired range of proposals? 
  • Regional spread of investment - Does the investment package as whole represent investment across multiple regions, particularly the focus regions. 


Published: October 14, 2021