About Us

Te Matapihi he Tirohanga mō te Iwi Trust was established in 2011 to advocate for Māori housing interests at a National level. We operate as an independent voice for the Māori housing sector, assisting in Māori housing policy development at both central and local government levels, supporting the growth of the sector through existing and emerging regional forums, and providing a platform for sharing high quality resources and information.

We perform systems advocacy to promote and improve opportunities for Māori to develop their land for housing and improve their housing situations. Systems advocacy seeks to influence positive long-term changes to systems that support and respond to the needs Māori individuals and communities, so that the rights and interests of Māori in relation to housing and whenua rangatiratanga are upheld.

To bring effect to our work programme, Te Matapihi utilise a mix of staff and partner organisations located around the motu; with the investment plan governed by the Te Matapihi Executive Board

+ Background

Te Matapihi arose from a ‘call to action’ at the inaugural National Māori Housing Conference held in Rotorua in March 2010, to develop strategies and processes that could inform a national Māori housing advocacy role to central and local government.

Following the inaugural Conference and meetings of the ‘call to action’ steering group, a wānanga at Mataatua Marae, Māngere in May 2011 agreed to formulate a Trust and adopted the name Te Matapihi he Tirohanga mō te Iwi.

Te Matapihi was legally constituted in October 2011 with the following objectives:

  • To act as the peak sector body for Māori Housing
  • To support existing and emerging regional Māori housing forums
  • To assist in Māori housing policy development at central and local government levels
  • To share high quality information and successful approaches
  • To advocate for the wider Māori housing sector to Central government housing agencies

As a National Peak Body Advocate for Māori Housing Outcomes, Te Matapihi closely aligns to the Government’s Māori Housing Strategy He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tangata. Our directives support the operational objectives of the Māori Housing Network, currently operationalised by Te Puni Kōkiri(TPK).

+ National Conference

The second National Māori housing conference, which was held at the Copthorne Hotel, Waitangi in February of 2012, represented a significant opportunity for existing and aspiring Māori housing providers from around the motu to share experiences and successes and hear from and engage with all government housing stakeholder agencies on the current social housing reform process.

The success of the hui was ensured by the direct support of the hau kāinga Ngāti Rahiri / Ngāti Kawa, the registration and attendance of over 200 delegates from around Aotearoa, and the attendance of the (then) Minister of Housing Hon. Phil Heatley and Associate Minister of Housing and Minister for Whānau Ora Hon. Tariana Turia, along with senior managers from The Department of Building and Housing, Housing New Zealand Corporation and Te Puni Kōkiri.

A tono from Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi iwi to host the third National Māori Housing conference was accepted at the Waitangi conference, and in May 2014 the third National Māori Housing conference was held in Whanganui. The conference attracted over 150 delegates, with presentations including Māori housing success stories from across the motu as well as reports from all key housing agencies on the social housing reforms. The Hon. Tariana Turia Associate Minister for Housing was present at the conference and announced the new rural Māori housing fund as part of her keynote address.

More than three hundred people from across Aotearoa New Zealand attended the fourth National Māori Housing Conference hosted by Tauranga Moana for three days from Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October 2016. ‘Collaboration and Strategic Relationships’ was the theme of this years’ conference. Delegates were inspired by the local, regional and international stories of successful housing initiatives and provided valuable feedback to the strategic workshop sessions designed to develop effective strategies to achieve better housing outcomes for Maori.

A tono was received at the conclusion of the conference, with the next conference to be hosted by Waikato in 2018.