October 14, 2021
Doors open for Māori housing funds
Applications open next week for investment from a $730 million fund for Māori housing.
Whai Kāinga, Whai Oranga combines spending from Budget 2021 and the $350 million Māori Infrastructure Fund.
It will be channelled through the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development and Te Puni Kōkiri.
Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson says whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori housing providers and organisations with housing aspirations can apply for Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga investment through the existing Māori delivery channels.
He says the programme should deliver about 1000 new homes, repairs to 700 homes, and 2700 additional infrastructure enabled sites.
There’s also $30m to support the Māori housing sector capability.
There’s an open project for projects across Aotearoa, and a programme pathway to enable new delivery models and partnerships in selected regions that sustainably increase Māori-led housing in the medium to long-term.
The initial focus regions are Te Tai Tokerau, Tairāwhiti, Heretaunga / Hastings-Napier, Taranaki and Central North Island, and Bay of Plenty – including Rotorua.