Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust have a number of properties that we are proud to offer as Affordable Rental Homes.

Beginning with our Te Iwiheke Pātata, we have delivered 5 new healthy, warm homes tenanted by whānau in Tūrangi.

Our aim is to have another 9 homes completed by November 2023. Registrations of interest have closed for the Te Iwiheke homes.



What are Affordable Rental Homes?

Affordable Rental homes are designed as a stepping-stone to Homeownership by providing members with homes that are subsidised by He Iwi Kāinga – Tūwharetoa.  Weekly rental fees are at below market rates; helping to build member’s financial capability and supporting the member towards greater financial stability. The funds saved on paying rent can be allocated instead to reducing debt or saving more for your First Home deposit and putting you in a better position to achieve your goals.

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.

Our Affordable Rentals require tenants to commit to a number of programmes, training and mentoring that prepare our members for future home ownership. Our aim is to guide whānau by:

  • creating a safe and enriched community
  • incorporate skills and programmes for home maintenance
  • provide financial literacy, and mentorship.

If you are willing to commit, we welcome you to register for any future homes we may develop.

We’re currently looking for new pathways to build more Affordable Rental homes for our iwi and this is just the beginning.



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 


Applications for Te Iwiheke Homes are now closed.

Register here for future Affordable Rental Homes