Our Tūwharetoa rohe is abundant in Māori multi-owned whenua.

Whenua that is highly sought out as a solution to the current Housing crisis.

Developing a Papakāinga on your whenua can open the gate to affordable, quality and secure housing to help whānau with accommodation and/or ongoing revenue for generations to come. Papakāinga is more than physical homes and provides for strengthened whānau connections and the revitalisation of communal living.



The definition of Papakāinga differs from rohe to rohe, organisation to organisation, council to council and can include a lot of difficulties. 

Understanding where to start with Papakāinga Developments on Māori owned whenua is just one of the obstacles identified. Barriers such as planning restrictions, consents, and lack of infrastructure can make this a long and difficult process. Often whānau have already returned to the whenua and are struggling with where to look for support.

Here at He Iwi Kāinga,  we aim to provide advice and advocacy to whānau to support the building of healthy, affordable Papakāinga homes and communities. This service has been created to help Māori landowners navigate the 6-step process recommended by Te Puni Kokiri.

      1. Whānau Planning – 12 months
      2.  Workshops/research – 6 months
      3. Project feasibility – 6 months 
      4. Due Diligence – 6 months
      5. Building/ Project management – 18 months
      6. Housing Operations – ongoing

It can take several years to get to the build stage but with good governance in place and strong whānau support this can be achieved earlier.

A guide to Papakāinga Housing

Our team can help:

Provide information and advice

Support the TPK Papakāinga 6 step process

Facilitate whānau wānanga to strengthen connections

Assist with understanding Governance

Support with TPK funding applications

Navigate Māori land court processes

Guidance with reports and consents


If you or your Trust need assistance enquire now.

Enquire now





Call the He Iwi Kainga Team for a confidential chat 0800 TŪWHARETOA (889 427) or email heiwikainga@tst.maori.nz