Moemoeā – Our Vision
“He Mana Kāinga, He Kāinga Ora -Thriving Māori Whānau”
Pūmanawa – Our Mission
“Kia Para Ai Te Huarahi Ki Te Ūkaipō - Forging Māori Housing Pathways”
Te Matapihi arose from a ‘call to action’ at the inaugural National Māori Housing Conference held in Rotorua in March 2010. The purpose of the conference was to develop strategies to 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 was held in May 2011 at Mātaatua Marae in Māngere. At the wānanga it was agreed that a trust would be set.
The name ‘Te Matapihi he Tirohanga mō te Iwi’ was adopted, ‘a window offering vision for the people’.
Te Matapihi he Tirohanga mō te Iwi Trust was established in 2011 to:
- 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 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.
The Te Matapihi executive board consists of up to nine members, with one position reserved for kaumātua. The term is for three years and trustees are eligible for reappointment. Trustees are appointed on the basis of skill and expertise that are relevant to the objectives of Te Matapihi.
Te Matapihi are currently in the process of establishing a National Māori Housing Council, named Te Kaunihera Puāwaitanga. The Kaunihera will be comprised of regionally based membership from the housing sector, related social service organisations and individuals. Its purpose is to:
Enable regional representatives to discuss Māori housing issues and interests of significance to their rohe.
Lead the maintenance and ongoing development of a National Māori Housing Strategy by the sector.
Monitor the board’s activities toward implementation of that strategy.
Once established, the Kaunihera will also be responsible for appointing new trustees to the executive board.
Our 2017-18 Board:
Rau Hoskins | Chair
Fred Sadler | Kaumātua
Marae: Ngāi Tūpoto Marae, Motukaraka
Iwi: Te Rarawa
Role: Self-employed consultant, and director
Housing background: I have had a 30-year background in housing and Maori development. Relevant experience includes:
Qualified architect, B.Arch (Auckland) M. Bus Studies (Massey)
Responsible for piloting papakainga housing in Tai Tokerau in the 1980s
Regional Manager, Northland for Housing Corporation 1990-92
Regional Director for Te Puni Kokiri in Tai Tokerau, 1995-1997
CEO, Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation 1997-2001
Board member Housing NZ Ltd for seven years 2000-06
HNZC representative on the CHRANZ board.
Broad governance experience including Canterbury DHB, Health Sponsorship Council, FITEC, FOMA, Tai Tokerau Forests Ltd
Member of Ministerial advisory group reviewing social housing provision 2010-11, and an Auditor-General’s review of Maori housing.
Chairman of Te Rarawa Asset Holding Company
Governance experience on Maori land trusts and Incorporations, active with hapu and Iwi organisations
Treaty Negotiator for Te Rarawa Iwi which settled in 2015
Currently director of Top Energy Ltd, Ngawha Geothermal Ltd, GNS Science, and Maori Council member on Heritage NZ.
Why am I passionate about Maori housing: I am passionate about Maori housing because housing is so fundamental to our future wellbeing. Maori as a population have always suffered from poor housing but the home ownership gains made in the last generation are quickly being eroded. We have a Maori housing crisis on our hands. We need innovative and culturally driven solutions to ensure whanau have decent housing that allows them to make a contribution to hapū and Iwi and to society.
My vision for Te Matapihi: To provide national leadership to ensure that Maori housing needs are addressed across the board and that the necessary resources are made available for whanau to have decent housing.
Marae: Rakautatahi, Te Rongo a Tahu
Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pahauwera
Role: Executive Board Trustee
Housing Background: He mangai mō ngā whānau e hiahia nei ki te hanga whare i tō rātou ake whenua.
Eight years at the Māori Land Court. Five years in the Papakāinga space assisting Whānau/Trusts to develop affordable housing and home ownership on ancestral lands.
Why I am passionate about Māori Housing: We have seen the benefits of lving in a Papakāinga environment. Papakāinga provides a number of layers of support for whānau e.g. manaakitanga, whanaungatanga me te wairuatanga.
Papakāinga also provides a pathway to affodable healthy homes on ancestral lands, affordable entry in to home ownership to create a solid foundation for the future. Healthy homes is the catalyst for a healthy life.
My vision for Te Matapihi: To continue to be the leading entity for developing housing strategies and advocating on behalf of Māori to provide a pathway to healthy affordable homes and entry in to home ownership.
Marae: Poihakena (in Whaingaroa), Waipapa (in Kawhia)
Role: Principal Property Specialist for Auckland Transport
Housing Background: Affordable Home Ownership with Waikato-Tainui and whanau Papakainga Developments
Why I am passionate about Māori Housing: Housing is fundamental to social and economic wellbeing. There is huge opportunity to improve whanau housing that will directly improve family livelihoods.
My vision for Te Matapihi: Te Matapihi has the ability to become a major Maori Housing portal to support Maori whanau with their housing needs and advocate directly with Government agencies to ensure their voice is heard.
Marae: Tirorangi Marae, Karioi
Iwi: Ngāti Rangi, Whanganui
Role: General Representative
Housing Background: 20 years in executive management policy, planning and relationship management roles.
Why I am passionate about Māori Housing: My passion is creating and achieving beneficial outcomes for our people through working with iwi, hapū and agencies toward true Treaty partnership.
My vision for Te Matapihi: To be the coordinated and collective conduit through which iwi, hapū and whānau housing aspirations can be acheived.
Marae: Taita, Tapui, Kenana, Whakaaratamaiti
Iwi: Ngati Whatua, Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahu, Ngati Raukawa
Housing Background: Been involved in housing as a facilitator of both financial literacy & home ownership education assisting first home buyers into home ownership. Also a Chairperson of an Iwi Health Provider that provides social housing services. Been involved in a research project researching financial solutions for Marae based in Tamaki Makaurau looking to consider housing solutions on their whenua. Involved in remediating Maori homes in disrepair. Project managed the repairs and rebuild of homes damaged in the Christchurch earthquake. Involved in property investing and property trading activities.
Why I am passionate about Māori Housing: Over the past number of years I’ve seen a drastic decrease in Maori home ownership rates coinciding with an increase in homelessness of Maori whanau. I would like to see this change by being involved with organisations that focus on making a difference to Maori Communities. Housing is essential to the well being of whanau and rangatiratanga can be achieved by providing whanau the basic essentials in life such as housing.
My vision for Te Matapihi: To be the pre-eminent body of supporting Maori housing aspirations throughout Aotearoa
Marae: Mururaupatu, Owae Whaitara
Iwi: Te Atiawa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Taranaki, Ngāti Paoa
Role: Trustee, Te Matapihi
Housing Background: Chairman, Te Tumu Kāinga
Why I am passionate about Māori Housing: Building and growing quality housing for whānau
My vision for Te Matapihi: He kāinga ora, He whānau ora - Healthy homes, Healthy families
Iwi: Ngati Porou
Role: Senior Manager Whanau Oranga services Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou
Housing Background: I have 30 years experience working at a whanau & hapu level and 23 years experience working in the field of Iwi lead health, education, housing and social services.
I have lead the housing portfolio for Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou since 2001. I was a founding member of Community Housing Aotearoa choosing to step down in 2006. Since then I have represented Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou on various groups including the Iwi Leaders Housing Technical group, the Department of Building & Housing reference group for Maori Housing, the Whanau Ora Review group established by Minister Turia, the Maori Housing Advisory Group established by Minister Turia to develop He Whare Ahuru He Oranga Tangata – the Maori Housing Strategy, the Social Housing Reference Group facilitated by the Social Housing Unit and the MSD Housing Reform Advisory Feedback Group.
Why I am passionate about Māori Housing: Because I want to see more whanau in healthy & safe homes and living on their own papakainga.
Marae: Mahuhuki Te Rangi, Te Hungaiti
Role: Kaumātua / General representative
Housing Background: 38 years experience in the Residential and Commercial Building Sector. Construction Management. Project Management.
My vision for Te Matapihi? To take measures necessary that ensures Tangata Whenua are housed in healthy and affordable homes.
Role: Chair / General representative
Housing Background: Papakāinga design, Ministerial advisor on Social Housing Reforms, Housing research, Lecturer in Māori Architecture
My vision for Te Matapihi? To assist in growing the volume of quality Māori houses and Māori housing providers
Marae: Herangi (Turangi), Te Tokanganui a Noho (Te Kuiti)
Iwi: Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Maniapoto
Role: Projects Advisor - Te Matapihi
Technical Support Officer, Building Unit – Hamilton City Council
Transactions Officer (First Right of Refusal), Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Inc. (Waikato-Tainui)
Current role with Te Matapihi
Why I am passionate about Māori Housing: I’m passionate about housing because I’ve seen the drastic difference in the living situations within Aotearoa.
Across my journey I’ve gone from visitng newbuilt homes to visiting 1room sheds that barely have a roof let alone a shower to wash in. The sad truth is, majority of our whanau are the ones occupying these homes and suffering from the lower end of the scale.
My hope is to see and help this change where more of our whanau are flourishing and living healthy lives in safe, warm and healthy homes.
My vision for Te Matapihi: I see Te Matapihi playing a key role in seeing the change we desprately need by protecting and ensuring better housing outcomes are made for Maori.
The disconnection between the different players involved in housing across the whole spectrum is huge! As Te Matapihi grows I believe it has the potential to find these disconnections and help to see better communication, support, and growth in the various housing sectors throughout Aotearoa.
Marae: Ko Hiruhārama Hou, ko Whitiora
Iwi: Ngati Rēhia, Ngati Kura, Ngati Hao
Role: Secretariat – Te Matapihi Executive
Housing Background: Te Matapihi is my introduction to Housing
Why I am passionate about Māori Housing: I am passionate about supporting advocacy services that assist Whānau, Hapū, Iwi to realize there is an equal housing opportunity
My vision for Te Matapihi: That Te Matapihi may continue its Advocacy Services and provide support that enables Whānau, Hapū, Iwi to attain the dream of owning their own home
Marae: Whitiora, Hiruharama Hou
Iwi: Ngāpuhi nui tonu (Ngāti Rēhia)
Role: Lead Advisor - Reporting and Performance
Why I am passionate about Maori Housing? I am passionate about kaupapa that contribute to the holistic well-being of whānau Māori. Housing is fundamental for well-being, and as such has significant impact on whānau health, happiness and purpose.
My vision for Te Matapihi? To contribute to improved quality housing outcomes for Māori.
Marae: Waipapa-a-iwi ki Mōhaka, Te Huki, Hineringa, Te Maara a Ngata ki Raupunga
Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu (Ngāti Pahauwera)
Role: General Manager
Housing Background: Māori Manager - Social Housing Unit - Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Senior Advisor - Te Puni Kōkiri; Māori Housing Network; National office.
Why I am passionate about Māori housing: I'm actually passionate about Māori development and realising potential, housing is a component of this which, if supported and advocated for will enable Māori to live the lives they wish.
My vision for Te Matapihi: For Te Matapihi to be the advocate and political vehicle for housing Māori how and where they wish.
Marae: Horahora, Waahi
Iwi: Te Kawerau a Maki, Ngāti te Ata
Role: Lead Advisor - Policy and Engagement
Housing Background: Bachelor of Architecture. Held Papakāinga and Affordable Housing for Māori portfolio in my previous role as a policy advisor for the Independent Maori Statutory Board.
Why I am passionate about Māori Housing? Quality, affordable housing is fundamental to whānau wellbeing. Making a difference in this area can help improve the quality of life for whānau.
My vision for Te Matapihi? Kia ahei Ngai Māori katoa te noho kainga ora ai