Since December 2019 Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust has completed its research and members survey that has provided valuable insight into the housing needs of Ngāti Tūwharetoa Iwi and urgent action is required to provide advice and advocacy for Affordable, Assured, Healthy and Accessible housing for all registered Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust members.


Our Vision – He Iwi Kāinga

  • Homes worthy of Ngāti Tūwharetoa
  • Homes for mana and whanaungatanga
  • Communities where our future generations will thrive

The short term outcomes we are seeking:

  • Affordable & quality homes are available (within the rohe) to members who are prepared and committed
  • Home repairs, insulation & accessibility renovations are available to members who are prepared and committed
  • Coaching, guidance and support are available to members to achieve individual home ownership
  • To improve the health of all who reside in the rohe of Ngati Tūwharetoa

The medium term outcomes we are seeking:

  • More members are in a position to renovate their homes to a warm, healthy and accessible state
  • A greater number of affordable homes are available (within the rohe)
  • More members are in a position to purchase or rent a high quality and affordable home

The long term outcomes we are seeking:

  • More members have the resources and independence to own an open market home
  • All members have the skills and support necessary to own an affordable home
  • All members have the financial resources necessary to own and operate an affordable home.

The Trust introduces “He Iwi Kāinga” established as the project management office to achieve our mission of Assured, Affordable, Healthy and Accessible Housing for Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

General Manager Sean Te Heuheu and his team are ready  to deliver housing solutions that contribute to the overall wellbeing of our people and our whenua – now and into the future.



Our operational team includes;

Sean Te Heuheu – General Manager – Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust

Greg Stebbing – Commercial Advisor – Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust

Melanie Henry – Corporate Services Manager – Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust

Blandina Diamond – Project Manager – He Iwi Kāinga

Piki Taiaroa – Project Management Office Manager – He Iwi Kāinga

Rua Eagle – Senior Kāinga Coach  – He Iwi Kāinga

Aaron Te Huia – Technical Building Assessor – He Iwi Kāinga


Our Kāinga Kaiārahi work across three PILOT programmes:

  • Advice and Advocacy
  • Repair and Maintenance
  • Residential Builds


Pilot Programme

He Iwi Kāinga Kaiārahi will provide personal advice and advocacy for you and your whanau whether you are renting, own your own home, or want to purchase your first home. Landlords are also able to enquire, receive advice and advocacy

  • Advice on Kāinga renting, purchasing and lending (mortgage).
  • Coaching and mentoring on budgeting, home purchasing, home maintenance, property management, being a high performing tenant.
  • Advice on being a landlord or engaging with landlords.
  • Advocacy for electricity prices and all other subsidies.
  • Advocacy for rental subsidies.
Enquire now for a friendly chat with one of our team

Pilot Programme

He Iwi Kāinga is taking registrations of interest for this Pilot Programme to complete assessments within the Turangi, Taupo catchment.
The assessments will provide areas of priority for repairs and maintenance for Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust members.
When you register your interest by completing an enquiry form, Kaiārahi will make contact to work with you and your whānau and arrange for a Technical Building Assessor to come to your home and complete a full assessment for repairs.

Kaiārahi will then work with you to look at solutions to complete the repair & maintenance through a comprehensive plan (see the Frequently Asked Questions)

As the Repair & maintenance Programme is in its infancy it does not include funding for repairs from Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust but Kaiārahi  will refer to external providers for resourcing and assistance that may be available to you and your whānau.


Repairs & Maintenance FAQs

Register your interest in this programme


Pilot Programme

Home Ownership is the ultimate dream. Speak to one of our Home Ownership specialists to answer all your queries and provide you with the support and guidance to achieve your ultimate dream in:

  • Affordable home ownership.
  • Residential developments and builds.
  • Papakāinga development support
Enquire now for a friendly chat with one of our team


For more in-depth information and reviews please view our downloadable documents here;

Please contact us to receive a copy of the He Iwi Kāinga – Tūwharetoa Kāinga Strategy

Click here to request a copy of the He Iwi Kāinga – Tūwharetoa Kāinga Strategy



Register your enquiry with us now to get your free Repair & Maintenance assessment with Aaron Te Huia our Technical Building Assessor.  The assessment includes:

Critical and Severe Repair Requirements to provide running water,  waste water management and electricity.

  • Weatherproofing your home
  • Roof, floor and window insulation
  • Providing essential access
  • Solar power options
Register your interest in this programme

Our services are available Monday – Friday (8.30-4.30pm)

If you would like more information call us on (0800 TUWHARETOA (889 427), email or come in to see us at our Taupo office.