Papakāinga provides critically needed homes in Hastings

 Papakāinga provides critically needed homes in Hastings

A papakāinga opened today by the Minister for Māori Development the Hon Willie Jackson will provide whānau with much needed affordable rental homes in Hastings.

The four home papakāinga in Waiōhiki is the first project to be completed under the ‘Hastings Place Based’ initiative. This initiative is a Government, Hastings District Council, iwi and provider partnership. The homes are owned and will be managed by the Te Hiiri Whānau Trust.

“The place-based approach is intended to ensure housing issues in ‘hotspot regions’ are addressed more effectively. I commend the Trust’s foresight in building warm, dry affordable homes on its whenua,” says Minister Jackson.

Te Puni Kōkiri funded the project from its allocation for the initiative which is led out of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. $1,680,090 contributed to the home and infrastructure costs, with Te Hiiri Whānau Trust contributing approximately $700,000 as borrowing.

Funding was approved in December 2019 with construction completed within 12 months. The four new homes are located alongside a refurbished house that is being used for transitional housing, also funded by Te Puni Kōkiri.

“These quality, insulated, three-bedroom homes will undoubtedly improve the health and wellbeing of the whānau moving in, most of whom are coming from substandard housing.

“The return of whānau to rural ancestral land not only builds and sustains communities but connects whānau to their history, marae, awa and maunga. It is more likely the environment will be maintained and enhanced when there is connection,” says Minister Jackson.

Te Hiiri Whānau Trust trustee, Laurie O’Reilly, who has managed the project on behalf of the trust, says the physical buildings are just the start.

“The enhancement of peoples’ wairua, tinana, mauri is the next stage. It’s the aspirational, ambitious stuff that will ensure future generations carry on the values of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga,” Laurie says.

This papakāinga is one of a number completed while others are under-construction in the burgeoning, rekindled Māori community of Waiōhiki. Two of the other developments are also part of the Hastings Place Based initiative.

Media Contact: Steve Webb – 021 830 842

Notes for Editors

·         A background video and story about the Te Hiiri and another papakāinga development at Waiohiki can be found here

·         A ‘papakāinga’ in the context of Te Puni Kōkiri investment refers to a group of three or more houses on whenua Māori (Māori land) and functioning as an intentional ‘community’ in accordance with tikanga Māori (Māori values). Read more about papakāinga here

·         The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) leads the place-based approach, working closely with central and local government agencies. HUD works with partners in each prioritised place to understand the issues, drivers and responses needed from local government, central government and others.

·         In 2019 the government allocated $7.800 million over two years from the homelessness contingency to increase the affordable housing supply in Hastings, via grants through Te Puni Kōkiri to part-fund additional housing on papakāinga (22 additional affordable rental properties and infrastructure to enable 17 other affordable houses). Te Puni Kōkiri is contributing a further $2.985m from its baseline towards achieving these targets.


Stephen Webb |Press Secretary | Office of Hon Willie Jackson MP
Minister for Māori Development | Associate Minister for ACC | Associate Minister of Justice

DDI +64 4 817 8223   | Mob +64 21 830 842 | Email

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