Iwi/Māori housing, capacity and taonga

Māori home ownership rates are lower than non Māori in the region with access to affordable housing a significant issue.

Opportunities to improve housing for Māori are being developed in partnerships between iwi, local government, and central government and we have identified a need for Iwi/Māori organisations to have greater capacity when participating in these processes.

This lack of capacity will only get worse with requirements for Iwi/Māori participation in the NPSUD – Future Development Strategy and other regulatory documents. If we do not increase long term sustainable capacity in Iwi/Māori organisations then this will become a bigger problem for everyone.

Climate change impacts have the potential to impact on taonga and areas of cultural significance in the region. These need to be considered as part of any climate change adaptation.


These are the Iwi/Māori housing, capacity and taonga initiatives in our 3-year work programme.

1. Māori/Iwi Housing

Develop a partnership programme to co-design and deliver improved
housing, urban development, and economic development outcomes for iwi/Maori housing – including papakāinga, social and affordable housing options.

2. Iwi Spatial Plan and Cultural mapping

To be developed as part of a Future Development Strategy as a requirement under the NPS-UD, to build on input received as part of the WRGF.

5. Regional approach to planning for and managing climate change impacts

Joint partner planning to accommodate a possible additional 5000 homes providing for a possible 11,000 people in the study area. Both the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and Ngāti Toa have land interests in this study area.

6. Lower Hutt Structure Plan

Joint partner planning to accommodate a possible additional 5000 homes providing for a possible 11,000 people in the study area. Both the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and Ngāti Toa own land and/or have First Right of Refusal (RFR) in this study area.
Note other Spatial Plans will also apply.

Current Projects

There are a number of Iwi/Māori housing, capacity and taonga projects already underway in the region.

A number of papakāinga communities already exist or are underway within the region including
Hurunuio-Rangi Marae Papakāinga outside Carterton, Te Aro Pā Trust papakāinga housing in
Wellington City and Te Puna Wai Papakāinga Housing Project in Wainuiomata.

A partnership between mana whenua and the Crown with regards to the management of state
housing in Western Porirua by Te Āhuru Mōwai (Ngāti Toa Rangātira’s community housing

Eastern Porirua Regeneration – this central government, local government and iwi
project will provide – about 2000 state houses made warmer, drier, and safer, about 2000 affordable
and market homes and 150 additional states houses. It will also provide great neighbourhoods and
resilient communities. The project helps to improve the wellbeing of Eastern Porirua residents
including new employment opportunities for local people and businesses. See poriruadevelopment.co.nz.

Increased capacity funding from councils in the region – as an example, GWRC and KCDC have recently provided a large increase in funding to iwi. This is structured to provide for more capacity for engagement and capacity to work with the council. Other councils are undertaking or considering a similar approach.

A cultural mapping exercise as part of the draft Wellington Regional Growth Framework – see map 2.

Future Projects

These projects are at the planning stage and are likely to be implemented in the future

District Plan provisions such as those in the Proposed Porirua District Plan which includes zones and precincts for Māori land, as well as enabling papakāinga across the City.

Consideration of organisational emissions and options for reducing these emissions.

Other housing/ papakāinga opportunities within the region.

Development of funding opportunities such as the Deep South funding opportunities for climate change research – see deepsouthchallenge.co.nz/karanga-research-funding-for-maori



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