Supporting Whānau from the Ground Up – Papakainga Development

It is all happening in Māori Housing with major initiatives this month which will pave the way to a national resurgence of Papakāinga homes.

In Hamilton we are seeing already the impact of KiwiBuild with the decision by the Government to make Jebson Place a Special Housing area for 80 homes. The new Hamilton homes will be a mix of private houses, state houses and homes by Waikato-Tainui. It’s hoped that these homes will sell below the Hamilton median house price of $537,000.

Up in Papakura , the first KiwiBuild houses are also taking shape in the McLennan Development. 18 three and four bedroom homes now being built will be available in August.

The other initiative I am really proud of is the test project by the He Korowai Trust in Kaitaia for a model that will mean whānau can put a roof over their heads which they can eventually own.

I find it worrying that the last census found that only 28 per cent of Māori adults owned their own homes. The rest of the country has a 50 per cent ownership rate.

It is important to remember that Budget ’18 sets aside $15 million for Māori housing. This money will go to Papakāinga development and repairs and partnerships between Te Puni Kōkiri and Māori in housing.

10 Comments
  1. Florence Simpson 3 months ago

    Kia ora I am interested in the housing projects that the government is implementing for our Maori people. He Pataki taku Kia koutou te kawana o to tatou whenua. Are we able to get support to build on Maori free hold land on our papakainga?

    • Nanaia Mahuta 2 months ago

      TPK host housing workshops contact your local TPK office or go to the website if you want more information. There are several papakainga projects throughout the country and it would be good for you to seek information about this from your local office.

  2. Tracy Karaitiana 3 months ago

    I can only hope as a mature single part-time working Maori woman, that this strategy reaches out and embraces all those, like myself, desperate for secure long term housing. Especially for those young and old.

    • Nanaia Mahuta 2 months ago

      Contact the local TPK office or go to the website for more information. Often the first steps towards home ownership is understanding supporting financial literacy and helping whanau to develop a sustainable plan towards their home ownership aspiration.

  3. Jacquline Te Wani 3 months ago

    Kanohi ki Te kanohi is what nga Watene Maori want. It’s the only way to really find out about their hopes, dreams, aspirations for their groups.

    • Nanaia Mahuta 2 months ago

      TPK host housing workshops contact your local TPK office or go to the website if you want more information. I agree that listening to people to understand their dreams and aspirations is the way to go – often its not just about a kainga but also what the whanau want to achieve in terms of developing their whenua or starting a business so they have a sustainable future.

  4. Haki 2 months ago

    Tautoko whakahokia mai a ratou iwi ki te hau kainga ki tu papakainga mo nga uri rangatira mo apopo

  5. Edwina Ruwhiu 2 months ago

    can we start with those on papakainga or in private housing to update and renovate what they have now then focus on kaumatua housing before finally assisting others into new homes unless of course they already have the funds to support this. And/or set up a group to support repair and paint our whanau existing homes built near marae, this will at least inject hope for them and their whanau -supporting confidence in the system and change. also make maintenance of their home a key component of the training programmes that are being delivered -provide incentive programmes – discounted paint in 3-5yrs?? Then build new homes for whanau who have the ability to finance and manage their own homes but the posts for lending keep moving making it impossible to get over that final step and into their own homes. Those that aren’t yet in this space need to be in programmes to re- build their strengths and breakdown the barriers that see them remain in poor relationships, poor employment and poor housing. these whanau need to be urgently rescued to save our mokopuna that are ending up in care. mostly they don’t see education as a key component to change and therefore urgently need support and confidence to break violence, drug and alcohol issues. a critical issue for many of these whanau is a disconnect with whanau and marae.

    • Nanaia Mahuta 2 months ago

      Thanks for the feedback Edwina. The housing repair and maintenance initiative is an opportunity for communities to think about how they might work smarter and in collaboration with other partners to create training and employment opportunities. Contact you local TPK office or go to the website for more information. Ngā mihi

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