Take a look at the latest episode of On the Ladder featuring our Mangatawa Papakainga project. Read more about this project here
Papakainga Solutions have been instrumental in negotiating a whole new legal regime with Housing New Zealand that will enable whanau using Kainga Whenua loans, to build their whare on concrete pads instead of piles. This is a major shift in practice for Housing New Zealand who usually insist that houses using Kainga Whenua loans are built on piles not concrete pads. This is a very important development and creates opportunities for large land trusts, incorporations and Treaty settlement tribes to undertake large housing projects for their people, for example Mangatawa Papakainga. The new legal regime has been accepted by Housing New Zealand and Kiwibank.
Building on concrete pad reduces the cost of building by approximately $3000 - $4000. It also enables level entry access and level internal garaging.
PSL want to acknowledge HOBEC our preferred legal advisers for their assistance in developing the suite of legal documents. If you would like to find out more about how this opportunity works PSL can provide advice.
Last week we were honored to join Ngā Potiki kaumatua, trustees and iwi members, along with cultural monitors, an archaeologist, previous leasees, and others involved in the Manawa Papamoa project to officially bless the land for the development, ahead of earthworks.
This marked an historic moment for both Ngā Potiki and the Manawa Papamoa development as initial works begin, ahead of the bulk earthworks which are scheduled to start in the next few months. The archaeologist was present to check for archaeological sites, alongside Ngā Potiki RMU monitors who were checking for any cultural heritage.
Papakainga Solutions Limited is proud to be partnering with Ngā Potiki on such a milestone project, for both the Bay of Plenty region and this iwi in particular. PSL is working to develop Ngā Potiki Housing, apprenticeships and job opportunities on behalf of Ngā Potiki Trust.
Source: Te Karere TVNZ
Published on Nov 28, 2016
A Bay of Plenty Māori trust is leading the way in providing affordable housing. The Ngā Pōtiki a Tamapahore Trust has launched the housing scheme called Manawa with the first phase set to commence early next year. Hinerangi Goodman reports.
Victoria Kingi, Maori Housing Conference organising committee member, has helped launch the latest initiative to offer affordable housing to its people. Photo - Bay of Plenty Times
A Maori initiative to offer affordable housing to its people has formally been launched.
Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust formally launched Manawa - The Heart of Papamoa, at Mangatawa Marae, Tauranga, on Saturday.
The 50 acre, residentially zoned development is on Te HouHou settlement land in Papamoa.
The project will include 240 house sites, 30 per cent of which will be set aside for Nga Potiki hapu members. The area has been designated a Special Housing Area.
Manawa has been designed to reflect the historical and cultural connections the hapu has to the land, while providing much-needed quality, affordable housing for Nga Potiki members, as well as a commercial return on the remaining sites, which will be sold to national group builders for release to the general public.
Civil works are planned for Stage 1 to progress in early 2017, being a total of 110 sites, 40 of which are set aside for Nga Potiki members.
The development will include a mix of affordable rentals, license to occupy and affordable house and land packages.
Much work has occurred behind the scenes to get the project to this stage, including securing an early release of Te HouHou from the Crown ahead of settlement legislation being passed.
Nga Potiki will receive title to Te HouHou ahead of all other settlement transfers under the Ngai Te Rangi and Nga Potiki Treaty Settlement.
Interested parties can register their interest for this unique, community-focused residential development at www.manawapapamoa.co.nz
Source: Bay of Plenty Times
Tuesday, 08 November 2016
Nicky Wilkins, general manager of the Acorn Foundation which has joined with other Bay organisations to help fund better housing for residents.
Some of the Bay of Plenty's largest community funding organisers have come together to improve local emergency housing and housing quality.
BayTrust, TECT, the Acorn Foundation, Rotorua Trust and the Eastern Bay Energy Trust have agreed to work together to tackle the problems after commissioning a research paper to look at housing issues across the Bay and examine what community funders can do to make the most difference.
The high-level report, prepared by the Centre for Social Impact, has just been released and looks at a wide range of housing issues affecting Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane, Opotiki, Kawerau, Rotorua and Taupo.
Problems such as affordability, availability, suitability and quality were studied and recommendations made on potential roles and opportunities for Community Funders to make a positive impact in these areas.
BayTrust chief executive Alastair Rhodes said in a statement this morning that although affordable housing was a critical issue, the keys to resolving it largely rested with central and local government policies.
Instead the group will collectively focus on improving housing quality (particularly healthy housing) and providing more assistance for emergency short-term housing issues.
"Poor quality and unhealthy housing is a widespread issue across the Bay. Cold, damp houses create significant health issues and negatively impact the quality of life of families. It also particularly affects children and older people," Mr Rhodes said.
"Meanwhile, the current pressures on the rental market and a lack of emergency short-term housing has resulted in an increasing number of people being homeless so there is a real need for temporary accommodation, particularly for women and children. These are issues where community funders in partnership with key government agencies, NGOs, iwi, councils and the community, can make a real and immediate difference."
In Tauranga, the report identified several other pressing issues including: lack of family-suitable dwellings (3+ bedrooms); lack of 1-2 bedroom dwellings; overcrowding; lack of suitable low cost housing for older people; and lack of affordable houses to either buy or rent.
Nicky Wilkins, general manager of the Acorn Foundation, said the funding organisations needed to be strategic, intentional and innovative and invest in the right areas to see change.
"This research really highlights the need to collaborate and work together if we want to make a real difference. The issues are complex and different across the region, and there is no one solution."
In the last five years community funders have invested nearly $9m across the region into housing. This has primarily been through insulation programmes, supporting housing developments and providing funding to organisations that work to help people find and stay in sustainable housing.
TECT general manager Wayne Werder has seen the difference that retro-fitting insulation in older homes can make.
"TECT has been involved in home insulation programmes for a number of years. We know that warm homes make people healthier and save money. The key to future investment will be ensuring we can prioritise where this investment will have the greatest impact.
"Commissioning this paper was the start of us of working more closely together on housing, and will help inform where we go from here."
The sustainable housing research paper is now available for download from each funder's website and BayTrust's website here and at the link below.
By Ripeka Timutimu 6:00pm, Friday 30 September 2016
A Māori housing expert wants the government to streamline housing services and says Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK) could be the best agency to lead the initiative. Victoria Kingi of Mangatawa Papamoa Block Incorporated spoke to around 200 attendees at the National Māori Housing conference in Tauranga today.
More than 30 families now have roofs over their heads at Mangatawa, but it's been a hard road to get the deal done.
Kingi says, “We have multiple agencies involved in housing and we need to see better collaboration and alignment across the agencies in terms of their strategies.”
Housing New Zealand and TPK are two agencies that offer Māori housing advice.
“I think TPK is a natural fit, I really do, I think they handled funding from the Social Housing network to Maori Housing network really,” says Kingi.
Minister of Social Housing Paula Bennett says, “We are all in and what I mean is that what I do affects Maori housing I'm acutely aware of that.”
Quotable Values for August show the average house price in Tauranga topped $600,000.
Barney Rangi has recently returned from Australia and says, “The only reason why we came back here, my wife is from here but she was passed away.”
Rangi's neighbours include relations who link to the Mangatawa Papamoa Block incorporated. Bennett isn't sure if she'd fit in on a papakāinga herself.
“I'm not sure if would suit me right now, with my family but I don't know everyone is different.”
Bennett says her party's policies regarding Māori have come a long way since Don Brash was their leader.
“I just don't agree with Don Brash its old thinking and seems archaic and is ridiculous.”
But for Rangi and the residents of Mangatawa, a better future is on the horizon.
By Mere McLean 6:00pm, Thursday 29 September 2016
Participants at the National Māori Housing Conference in Tauranga will be addressing NZ's housing crisis. The three-day seminar will include international and national speakers as well as Māori trusts paving the way in housing development.
The starting price for owning a house in Tauranga is over a half million dollars. That is a concern they want to address at this national conference.
Victoria Kingi (Nga Potiki, Ngāi Tahu) says, “The issue affordability absolutely there are speaking that will be talking about that kaupapa and we will hear some specific kōrero around that and particular some of the models we see coming through.”
While Māori trusts are exploring other options and home ownership models to address the housing shortage barriers, according to Victoria Kingi, a trustee of Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Inc, they continue to be at a disadvantage.
King says, “The less linked up agencies are whether they are the local or central government then the more barriers occur.”
Hawaiian Robert Hall, who is speaking at the conference tomorrow, says his country is no different when it comes to housing. There's a high demand for housing but the availability of land is low.
Robert J Hall (Aukai Pacific, Hawai'i) says, “Hawaii in itself is in a severe housing crises and you know living on an island only a limited amount of land and there are over 1.4 million people currently in Hawaii and housing is a direct dilemma for those you know who are unable to afford.”
Minister of Social Housing Paula Bennett is set to make an appearance at the conference tomorrow.
By Online News 12:20pm, Thursday 29 September 2016
The National Māori Housing Conference held in Tauranga is a three-day biennial conference, exploring local, regional and international housing solutions.
The prestigious conference, held from September 29 to October 1, will hear from a number of high-profile speakers and guests from Australia, Hawaii, Canada and New Zealand, including Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Minister for Social Housing Paula Bennett.
Speakers include Heeni Hoterene and Rueben Porter of the Te Taitokerau Ahikaaroa Trust Project, which has been helping families in Northland develop affordable, efficient and sustainable homes; the Turner whānau from Waikato, who are building a 13-bedroom home to ensure their whānau’s future home ownership; and Henare Cherrington of the East Coast Hemp Organisation (ECHO), which is sharing its research around sustainable building materials.
Tauranga Moana National Māori Housing Organising Committee Chairman Puhirake Ihaka says, “As whānau, hapū and iwi here in Tauranga Moana, we're excited to be able to host this biannual Maori housing conference. This year’s theme is ‘Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi’ - Collaboration and Strategic Relationships.”
The event aims to produce a high-level national document that identifies strategic solutions for the current and future housing needs of Māori in New Zealand.
Te Kāea reporter Mere McLean will have more tonight at 5.30pm, Māori Television.
Source: Bay of Plenty Times - 2:00 PM Thursday Sep 29, 2016By David Porter
Victoria Kingi left and Colin Reeder at the Papamoa East site where the Nga Potiki Trust will build 400 homes. 08 October 2014 Photograph George Novak. BTG 09Oct14 - FRESH PASTURES: Colin Reed
A national housing hui hoped to help develop and improve Maori housing is happening in Tauranga for the first time today.
The high-profile National Maori Housing Conference will be held at ASB Arena for three days to explore strategic local, regional and international housing solutions.
It's the first time biennial event is being held in Tauranga since the inaugural event began in Rotorua in 2010. Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Minister for Social Housing Paula Bennett will be among the guests.
Conference organising committee spokeswoman Victoria Kingi said the Western Bay of Plenty was leading the way in terms of providing innovative housing models for Maori, particularly by making use of Maori land.
"Here in the Western Bay there's 44,000 acres (17,800ha) of Maori land, all well-situated, close to services, commercial centres, areas of employment and public transport, that is really ideal for housing development," she said.
"The conference is the only national opportunity where we are all able to get together and talk about what is happening around the country, what is happening overseas with other indigenous people in housing. And importantly, to look at developing and improving strategies to help Maori have better quality homes."
Tauranga Moana National Maori Housing organising committee chairman Puhirake Ihaka said whanau, hapu and iwi in Tauranga Moana, were excited to be able to host the conference.
"This year's theme is 'Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi' - Collaboration and Strategic Relationships."
National Maori Housing Conference
• When: 12pm, Thursday, September 29 to 4.30pm, Saturday October 1
• Where: ASB Arena, Lion Foundation Room
• Previous conferences: Rotorua (2010), Northland (2012), Whanganui (2014).
The conference will hear presentations on local projects, including the Pirihima marae-based papakainga development, the Ngati Kahu Te Pura Trust's Maori land papakainga development, and the Nga Potiki Manawa Project, a post-Treaty settlement development of 240 homes incorporating a mix of housing options. There will also be a presentation from the Western Bay of Plenty joint agency group on increasing housing for Maori.
There will be input on international indigenous housing strategies, with a number of high-profile speakers and guests from Australia, Hawaii and Canada.
Speakers include Heeni Hoterene and Rueben Porter of the Te Taitokerau Ahikaaroa Trust Project, which has been helping families in Northland develop affordable, efficient and sustainable homes; the Turner whanau from Waikato, who are building a 13-bedroom home to ensure their whanau's future home ownership; and Henare Cherrington of the East Coast Hemp Organisation (ECHO), which is sharing its research around sustainable building materials.
A high-level national document will be prepared to identify strategic solutions for the current and future housing needs of Maori in NZ, as an outcome from the event.
Tourism Bay of Plenty head of marketing Kath Low said the conference was an exciting opportunity for the region to play host to an event of national significance, and saw such events as a sign of positive growth in the city.
"With new residents and businesses comes increased interest in creating opportunities for conferences such as this to be held in the BOP," she said.
"This event tackles a hugely important subject and the outcomes of which are to be highly beneficial for not just Tauranga Moana, but the region and nation as a whole."
Tauranga taking charge
Tauranga is becoming a hot spot for business conferences. In addition to the National Maori Housing Conference, Tauranga recently hosted the 2016 Franchise Association of New Zealand Annual Conference at Trinity Wharf Hotel, which was another first for the city.
More than 120 of New Zealand's leading franchise minds and businesses were in attendance for the two-day event.
And in October, high-profile speakers such as Minister of Transport Simon Bridges, co-founder of US automotive company Tesla Ian Wright, and the New Zealand Transport Association's Jeff Fleury, will arrive in Tauranga for a four-day 2016 Road Transport Forum Annual Conference, which includes a site visit of the Port of Tauranga.
- Bay of Plenty Times