Te Matapihi Annual Report 2016

Te Matapihi AGM, 1 October 2016,
National Māori Housing Conference, Tauranga Moana
Chairperson’s Report  

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangaranga maha, tēnā koutou. Te hunga mate kua wehe atu ki te pō, haere, haere, haere atu rā. Ko tātou rā ēnei ngā mahuetanga iho e whakakaha nei ki te pupuri, ki te hāpai i ngā taonga tuku iho mai i a rātou mā; ngā mātua, tūpuna, na reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.  Mauri ora!

This report is provided as a summary of Te Matapihi activities over the last year with thoughts on the challenges and opportunities for the coming 2017 year. 

Background

TE MATAPIHI He Tirohanga mo te Iwi Trust is now 5 years old having been registered as a Trust in October 2011. In that time we have consolidated our role as the National Peak body for Māori housing, received funding support from the Social Housing Unit (SHU) and this year negotiated an agreement for funding support from Te Puni Kokiri. While this is a one year agreement we are this month entering into negotiations for a Multi year funding arrangement which will be in place from 1 July2017.

Te Matapihi staffing

Te Matapihi has this month been able to employ our first full time General Manager with Patrick Gemmell (Ngāti Pahauwera, Kahungunu) taking on this role from the 12th September. Patrick is extremely well qualified for this role having been the lead advisor to the Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network for the previous three years. Patrick has had a long and distinguished career in the Public Service and we are very pleased to have his experience and leadership as we take Te Matapihi forward within the ever challenging Māori housing sector.

Te Matapihi has also been able to employ Jade Kake as a Programme Manager on a full time basis and her continuity of employment from 2013 is extremely valuable to the organisation along with her ability to support the General Manager role and to complete a broad range of Māori housing support tasks along with a critical communications role. I would also like to acknowledge the voluntary efforts of our trustees and regional reps over what has been another busy year.

CHA relationship

Te Matapihi has maintained a close working relationship as co peak sector bodies and as Te Matapihi Chair I have sat on the CHA council for the 2015/16 year as the formal Te Matapihi representative. With the CHA director Scott Figenshow and CHA council I am very confident that Te Matapihi will be able to work constructively with CHA in actively supporting the Māori and wider Community housing sector.

National Māori Housing Conference 2018

As we move to the close of this the fourth National Māori Housing conference we look ahead to the next conference to be held in 2018. Te Matapihi looks forward to providing appropriate assistance to the chosen rohe / iwi over the next two years to ensure the success of the conference.

2017 Year

I see the main challenges for Te Matapihi in the coming year are as follows:

  • Negotiating a multi year Te Matapihi funding contract with Te Puni Kokiri
  • Exploring complimentary Māori Housing research work and income stream through the National Science Challenge Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities
  • Helping to leverage increased funding support from the May 2017 budget for new Māori housing developments and housing repair programmes
  • Working with our new board and regional reps to refine our role in complimenting and supporting the work of existing and new regional Māori housing forums
  • Working with our new Board, staff and or contractors to expand the range, profile and effectiveness of Te Matapihi Māori housing support activities
  • Working closely with MBIE, TPK and Minister Flavell on the implementation of the Māori housing strategy
  • Maintaining and enhancing a close working relationship with Te Puni Kokiri head and regional offices
  • Providing direct support to individual Māori housing developments to ensure more high quality Māori housing developments are completed in the next two years
  • Refining the Te Matapihi Website and continually updating relevant content

He Korero Whakamutunga

I would be pleased to stay on as chairperson for one further year working alongside trustees, regional reps, the executive and staff as we look to consolidate and grow Te Matapihi as an effective voice for, and active supporter of the emerging Māori housing sector.

Kia hoe kotahi!
Heoi ano

Rau Hoskins
Te Matapihi Chairperson 2015/16