About Us

Moemoeā – Our Vision

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

Pūmanawa – Our Mission

“Kia Para Ai Te Huarahi Ki Te Ūkaipō - Forging Maaori 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:

  • 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.

Our Partners

He Whare Āhuru: The Māori Housing Network
Te Puni Kōkiri

The Māori Housing Network has been set up to support the energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship in the Māori housing sector with information, advice and practical support to build capability. The Network also manages funds to support projects to improve housing outcomes for whānau Māori.

The funding focus is on smaller scale projects that:

  • improve the quality of housing

  • build capability and capacity in the sector, and

  • increase the supply of affordable housing.

As the peak body for Māori housing, Te Matapihi closely aligns its activities to support the objectives of He Whare Āhuru: The Māori Housing Network. 

Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is the peak body for New Zealand’s community housing sector

As the national organisation for nearly 100 members, CHA works to represent their voice, supporting the growth and development of community housing providers to better help them provide affordable and social housing.

CHA members include full members: community groups, housing trusts, Māori and Pacifica housing providers and tenancy services; and partner members: local authorities, private developers and private housing businesses, who are delivering community housing solutions through-out New Zealand.

Te Matapihi have a close relationship with CHA, and together work to support Māori and other housing providers around the motu.