Welcome to He Iwi Kāinga’s Affordable Rentals.

He Iwi Kāinga (a subsidiary of the Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust) proudly unveiled 14 Affordable Rental homes in Tūrangi, as part of the transformative Te Iwiheke Pātata initiative. This initiative is not just about providing homes; it’s about wrapping our whānau in support, offering services from financial literacy to home maintenance, and empowering them to achieve their housing aspirations.

What are Affordable Rental Homes?

Our Affordable Rental homes are made possible through subsidies provided by He Iwi Kāinga, ensuring weekly rental fees are set at below market rates. Our Affordable Rentals are not designed to be life-long homes instead our goal for these homes is to be able to support as many members as possible, including the generations to come. They are offered for a fixed time period with a maximum term.

What makes our homes different?

He Iwi Kāinga are committed to building your financial capability and supporting you on your journey to greater financial stability, ultimately leading to homeownership. By offering rental rates below market prices, we enable you to redirect your savings towards reducing debt or building your First Home deposit and putting you in a stronger position to achieve your homeownership goals.

What’s involved?

To become a tenant in our Affordable Rentals, you’ll be required to engage in a range of programmes, training, and mentoring designed to prepare our members for future homeownership. Our aim is to guide whānau by:

  • creating a safe and enriched community
  • offering essential skills and programmes for home maintenance
  • providing financial literacy, and mentorship.

If you’re willing to commit to this exciting journey, we invite you to register for any future homes we may develop.

This is just the beginning of our efforts to create more pathways towards Affordable Rentals for our iwi.



2019                     Completed research into housing challenges and the needs of Ngāti Tūwharetoa Iwi.

2020                     13 Sections purchased by Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust

Nov 2021             Business plan complete for Te Iwiheke development.

April 2022           Government sign agreement with Ka Uruora, $58 Million for 172 affordable rental homes.

August 2022       Ka Uruora contribute to the construction of 13 affordable rental homes. Penny Homes building contract signed.

Sep 2022             Construction of the homes start off-site in Taupō.

Oct 2022             Registrations of Interest opened for occupancy of the affordable homes.

Nov 2022             Tenant selection process was finalised and applicants advised.

March 2023        First 5 homes transported to Te Iwiheke Place in Turangi.

April 2023           Affordable homes blessed and occupied.

Nov 2023             Expected completion of the other 9 homes in the Te Iwiheke Development.

Ongoing              Watch this space 


For any inquires please call the He Iwi Kainga Team 0800 Tūwharetoa (889 427) or email heiwikainga@tst.maori.nz.

For all registrations of interest, please apply using the link.

Register here for future Affordable Rental Homes