1. What is the criteria for the Papakāinga Programme?
    To be eligible you must be a registered member with Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust.


  1. What information do you need to start?

Ideally we would need you to share the name of your whenua block, the name of your Trust and ensure you have permission or authority to build on your specific whenua.

  1. What does the programme involve?

Papakāinga developments on Māori owned land is one of the solutions to providing affordable housing for our whānau. We will have a discussion to see at what point you and your Trust are at in the 6 step process provided by Te Puni Kokiri and work from there. Our team who can help you with:

• Understanding the Papakāinga development process.

• Accessing Feasibility reports.

• Navigating the Māori Land Court.

• Gaining Council consents.

• Holding whānau led discussions

• Providing Education & Guidance


  1. How do I find the whenua I belong too?

The easiest and fastest way to find out what land blocks you belong to is to complete an search online.

You can do this at www.maorilandonline.govt.nz and search by Owner name, Trust, Trustee or Owner ID number.

  1. How can I trace my whakapapa?

Whakapapa is what connects us back to our whenua. A great place to start is talking with who you do know your parents, grandparents and extended whanau and friends.

  1. Does Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust provide funding for Papakāinga developments?

TST does not provide any funding for the services offered by He Iwi Kāinga instead providing advice and advocacy.

We can however connect you to available funding providers and assist with the applications.

  1. Is this service available to members living outside of Taupo and Turangi?

Our Kaiarahi are based in Taupo but are able to provide advice digitally (email, phone, zoom) for those whānau outside our immediate area.

  1. How do we set up a Whānau trust?

Applications to constitute a Whānau Trust are available online at the www.maorilandcourt.govt.nz

Along with this form you will need to provide signed consent of any owners who have not signed the application; consent of proposed Trustees, evidence notice was provided, minutes of meeting agreeing to constitute a Whānau Trust, a Trust order.