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’.

+ Background

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

  • Anne Huriwai

  • Basil Tapuke

  • Leisa Nathan

  • Linda Faulkner

  • Manihera Forbes

  • Paora Sheeran

  • Paul White