The Māori Housing Toolkit is a step-by-step guide designed to assist Māori to develop papakāinga proposals (development plan) on multiple owned Māori land. The concept of papakāinga is not new and has traditionally been associated with Māori housing in a Marae setting. Papakāinga includes other activities such as: kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa, health clinic, horticulture or agriculture land uses, sports and/or recreational areas, urupā and heritage sites etc.
Developing Māori land is time consuming and challenging because of the large number of people and organisations involved with separate processes and compliance standards. The process recognises the joint customary ownership complexities and nuances of Māori freehold land that create additional hurdles and costs for whānau to meet compared with the relative ease of building homes on an individual freehold title.
In order to achieve the outcomes of the first 3 Steps of the toolkit, you will require a commitment from the trustees and other shareholders / whānau to work for the collective benefit of all the current and future owners in the land. The voluntary nature of this establishment phase of the Trusts journey are the seeds that grow a common social, cultural and environmental commitment by whānau to the whenua.
The toolkit breaks the whole process up into five steps. Each step is broken down into achievable actions, questions, decisions and the next step in a timely manner.