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Over 500 participants consisting of local, regional and national government agencies, iwi leaders, marae representatives, hapū claimant groups, kaumātua and ministers gathered for the National Māori Housing Conference held at Clubs Hastings on the 25-26 February 2021.

The Conference setting created the best platform whether you wanted to hear the presentations or network in the outdoor space, it was a great layout to share, connect and gain momentum for progressing solutions for whānau.

“We can help this government with their housing crisis”, says Chairman, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Ngahiwi Tomoana. “Ngāti Kahungunu has land, has plans and many helping hands, including whānau, local councils, and businesses”, “Trust us, we know what we’re doing” “Invest in the region and we’ll lead the country”, “We can save $20million a year that government is spending on emergency housing in Hawke’s Bay”. “Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga are already leading the way”, says Ngahiwi.


Now is the time to act and make a difference while our government is renewing and correlating their energy spaces. In a summary of the conference one young woman said in her comments, “We are positive disrupters and we need that disruption to make an impact to create change. We need to mobilise ourselves to respond effectively”, she said.



Te Matapihi

Te Matapihi is the governing trust that initiated this National Māori Housing Conference – to allow the connection with others involved with the Māori Housing sector, to access current information and reports and to keep up-to-date with key events taking place around the motu.


Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri is the Ministry of Māori Development. Te Puni Kōkiri has eight focus areas as we work towards our vision of Thriving Whānau – When whānau are thriving, so do their communities, hapū, iwi and all of Aotearoa. Kainga Ora is in one of the eight focus areas. Te Puni Kōkiei supports individuals, whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū with funding, information, advice and practical support to achieve their housing aspirations.

Connect with TPK to learn about Papakainga Housing as well as Whānau Ora.


Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga is a family-focused organisation. We’ve been working with whānau to achieve their goals and general wellbeing for more than 30 years.

They help individuals, whānau and communities by creating holistic, personalised plans of care, support and development.


Kainga Ora Homes and Communities

Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities is a crown entity set up under the Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities Act 2019. It is a Crown agency under the Crown Entities Act 2004.


Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MAIHI) Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) leads New Zealand’s housing and urban development work programme. We are responsible for strategy, policy, funding, monitoring and regulation of New Zealand’s housing and urban development system.


Kia Kaha

  • Link into Matapihi to keep informed
  • Check out the websites above to be informed
  • Connect with your local whānau ora navigators


Ministers who attended the Conference

  • Associate Minister Māori Housing, Whānau Ora - Peeni Henare,
  • Minister Māori Development - Hon Willie Jackson,
  • Associate Minister Housing (Homelessness) - Marama Davidson,
  • Minister of Housing - Hon. Dr Megan Woods

Sponsors of the Event

Platinum Sponsor - Te Puni Kōkiri, Gold Sponsors –Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, Kainga Ora Homes and Communities, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Silver Sponsors - Hastings District Council and the Ministry of Social Development. The Bronze Sponsors - Te Matapihi and Waikato Tainui, ACE App individual sponsor - Napier City Council. Business Hub and Registrations Support Sponsor - Central Hawke’s Bay District Council.


Local Hosts 2021

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi – Te Taiwhenua of Heretaunga. Event Governance and Management teams were responsible for the conference. Volunteer Kaimahi: Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga. Contracted services include Event Manager - Traci Tuimaseve of Trailmedia of which all outside services were contracted through Trailmedia.


Next Host

The host of the next event is Ngāti Whakaue.

National Māori Housing Conference, iwi has a solution

06 871 5350Or contact us here.


Phone 06 8715352
Fax 06 8715353



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