Housing Workshops

Maaku anoo e hanga i tooku nei whare / I will build my own house

– Taa Kiingi Taawhiao

Our Tooku Nei Whare initiative allows tribal members to access information and advice through the financial literacy and home ownership workshops. Our waananga aim to tautoko, educate and provide resources to our Iwi that will prepare you for your Home Ownership Journey.

Hundreds of our tribal members are now enjoying brand new, warm, safe homes, located near koohanga reo and kura.

Tooku Nei Whare Workshops

We are proud to bring you the Tooku Nei Whare Workshops. Our waananga aim to tautoko, educate and provide resources to our Iwi that will prepare you for your Home Ownership Journey. 

We want to help you achieve your home ownership aspirations. Come along to a waananga and find out what whaanau are talking about.

These FREE Online Workshops will be run over two consecutive evenings via Zoom.

Each evening will be 1.5 – 2 hours in length (totalling 3-4 hours of learning) and all attendees will receive a PDF copy of the specially commissioned Waikato-Tainui Home Ownership Booklet prior to attending.

Specially trained facilitators will take whaanau through an overview of the home ownership spectrum, from techniques on saving money for a deposit all the way to signing sale and purchase agreements.

Please join us online and register for the following workshop dates:

  • 17 – 18 January 2023
  • 7 – 8 February 2023
  • 21 – 22 February 2023
  • 7 – 8 March 2023
  • 21 – 22 March 2023

Please do not register for multiple workshops. If you have any enquiries please email us – [email protected]

Workshop registration

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Some key messages from whaanau who have attended:

  • “All Iwi members should do this waananga”
  • “Best workshop I have been to, informative with practical advice”

Maaku Anoo Hei Hanga Tooku Nei Whare

We can all be proud of Te Kaarearea, our housing pilot project in Kirikiriroa. Leveraging the Right of First Refusal (RFR) provisions in our settlement, we purchased land back from the Government to begin the process of providing a range of housing options for our tribal members.

We have helped whaanau become homeowners for the first time, providing financial literacy programmes, partnering with Westpac Bank for mortgage finance, assisting with the unlocking of Kiwisaver funds for deposits, and ensuring that our pricing enabled our whaanau to access government subsidies. We offered a shared equity as another option to ensure affordability. We have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to provide ‘rent to own’ options.

And, we have worked with Kāinga Ora to provide social housing options as well. Hundreds of our tribal members are now enjoying 50 brand new, warm, safe homes, located near koohanga reo and kura, and living in a modern-day papakaainga community in Hamilton City. We acknowledge our many partners who helped turn this dream into reality.

We have gained valuable data and learned many lessons from our experience with Te Kaarearea. We have proven that we are innovative and agile and well-placed to build on the momentum created by this pilot. We know that housing is a super-lever for financial stability, better educational outcomes, and health and wellbeing. Accordingly, we are in the process of working with Tainui Group Holdings to identify housing sites that are ready for development so that we can do more. We are already engaging with Kāinga Ora, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development to create more housing opportunities for our tribal members.

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