Whare Ora

2017 – present

  • He Korowai Trust


To provide home ownership opportunities for whānau who couldn’t otherwise afford it

The first stage of this project – undertaken by Fleur Palmer – involved relocating nine ex-Housing New Zealand homes onto the site in Kaitaia. ĀKAU took on the second stage of this project which involved the resource and building consent documentation for a further nine ex-state houses, and two classrooms. The classrooms house the SWEET AS training academy: a training programme run by He Korowai Trust that upskills unemployed Māori youth. The future plans of the SWEET AS academy involve students of the academy renovating the houses as part of their training, and moving into them with their whānau. Pretty cool. Working on an alternative mode of increasing housing ownership is a kaupapa close to ĀKAU’s heart and helps us to achieve our vision of creating thriving communities around Aotearoa.

Māori housing is at its lowest levels of all time. All of the housing organisations in the Far North are in crisis. There is nowhere to sleep. There is nowhere to go. There is nowhere to turn to. This community is in crisis and needs support.

Specifically set up to reach out to the families in these types of situations to offer them hope, a place where they can come in, gather their thoughts, be loved, have the essential care services and work with them to improve the quality of life for them and their children.

– Ricky Houghton

Photography: Te Puni Kōkiri