About Us

Moemoeā – Our Vision

“He Mana Kāinga, He Kāinga Ora -Thriving Māori Whānau”

Thriving whānau are at the heart of our vision, and we understand that a thriving home - he kāinga ora - is essential to achieving and maintaining whānau wellbeing.

‘Mana Kāinga’ is about whānau having the power to choose, influence and create their home environment.

Pūmanawa – Our Mission

“Kia Para Ai Te Huarahi Ki Te Ūkaipō - Forging Māori Housing Pathways”

Our mission emphasises the cultural and spiritual aspect of Māori housing initiatives. For us to thrive as Māori, we must be able to connect to our pito, our whenua.

Though it may not be possible for us all to live close to our ancestral lands, being able to connect to our ūkaipō is still fundamental to our wellbeing and sense of belonging as Māori.

+ Background

Te Matapihi he Tirohanga mō te Iwi Trust was established in 2011 to:

  • Advocate for Māori housing interests at a national level
  • Offer an independent voice for the Māori housing sector
  • Assist in Māori housing policy development at central and local government levels
  • Support the growth of the sector by providing advice, facilitating collaboration, and sharing high quality resources and information

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 National Māori Housing Conference is a Biennial event and is held throughout the regions. The conference provides an opportunity for the regions to show case their leadership and contribution in the “housing space” context and provides a platform for Māori and stakeholders to share ideas, information, network and to formulate strategies to assist Māori into quality affordable housing. More than three hundred people from across Aotearoa New Zealand attended the 2016 National Māori Housing Conference hosted by Tauranga Moana for three days from Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October.

‘Collaboration and Strategic Relationships’ was the theme of the 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 by Waikato Tainui, with the next conference to be hosted by Waikato in 2018.

Vision & Goals

Moemoeā – Our Vision

“He Mana Kāinga, He Kāinga Ora -Thriving Māori Whānau”

Thriving whānau are at the heart of our vision, and we understand that a thriving home - he kāinga ora - is essential to achieving and maintaining whānau wellbeing. ‘Mana Kāinga’ is about whānau having the power to choose, influence and create their home environment.

Pūmanawa – Our Mission

“Kia Para Ai Te Huarahi Ki Te Ūkaipō - Forging Māori Housing Pathways”

Our mission emphasises the cultural and spiritual aspect of Māori housing initiatives. For us to thrive as Māori, we must be able to connect to our pito, our whenua. Though it may not be possible for us all to live close to our ancestral lands, being able to connect to our ūkaipō is still fundamental to our wellbeing and sense of belonging as Māori.