Te Tai Tokerau Papakāinga Toolkit


The meaning of papakāinga can vary from a cultural and historical view. Traditionally, the literal meaning of papakāinga is, 'a nurturing place to return to'. However in the context of this guide, papakāinga is generally considered as 'development of a communal nature on ancestral land owned by Māori.'

Papakāinga developments can be difficult. A lot of people and organisations are involved and it can be hard to get agreement. The Te Tai Tokerau Papakāinga toolkit is designed to help Māori land owners understand and navigate the process for undertaking a papakāinga development on their ancestral lands.

The four Northland councils have collaborated on the development of this toolkit. The 23-page guide, which walks whanau through the process, starting with developing a kaupapa and ending with applying for building and resource consents, is part of the Whanaketia Te Whenua, Kia Ora Ai Te Tangata – Developing the Land to Benefit the People Project.

This Papakainga Toolkit gives a simple outline of the steps to get a papakāinga development approved and ready for construction. You can also view a summary brochure here.