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Papakāinga Housing Toolkit


This Toolkit has been developed and designed to provide you with a step by step process for developing papakāinga housing on Māori Land. This resource is supplemented by Papakāinga Workshops run by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the benefit of all Māori Land owners within Te Taitokerau.

The process for developing papakāinga housing on Māori Land, particularly in Taitokerau, can be complex and time consuming. There are many barriers which hinder and deter development. This includes limited capacity and capability of whānau, the inclusion of various agencies and organisations, inherent difficulties in Māori Land development and management, and limited access to finance.

Specifically, Māori Land in Taitokerau is typically unoccupied and unimproved, has multiple owners and operates without any formal management structure. Land is typically rural in nature with minimal services in close proximity. Paper roads are a typical form of access. These, alongside other factors, such as an influx of whānau from urban centres (such as Auckland), coupled with socio-economic factors make papakāinga housing difficult to undertake. In the same breath, development on Māori Land is often the only option for whānau who have no other reasonable options for housing. Given this context, this resource has been designed to help you to:

  • Understand and gain the necessary level of capacity and capability to plan, undertake, and operate a successful and long term papakāinga development;
  • Liaise effectively with whānau, organisations and agencies to understand processes and develop papakāinga housing on your whenua;
  • Understand and secure the necessary technical advice and information to carry out land development;
  • Be aware of the range of sources of finance available and what is required to access them.

The Toolkit and associated Workshops include a range of resources such as case studies, checklists, scenarios, assessments, templates, guest speakers, and specialist advice.

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