B37 - Papakāinga and Kaumātua Housing

Papakāinga housing is a cluster of dwellings that are occupied by Māori of all ages who are connected by common kinship or kaupapa.

These are no longer just a feature of rural landscapes. With more and more Māori living in urban areas, papakāinga are now developing in towns and cities as well. Wherever they are located, papakāinga enable Māori to live on ancestral lands.

Papakāinga operate with a variety of tenure arrangements. Many papakāinga work under a licence-to-occupy arrangement. The resident pays a 'purchase price', which grants them the legal right to live in their dwelling, but they do not own the dwelling. Some papakāinga offer rental accommodation.

Kaumātua housing is often part of a papakāinga development. Kaumātua housing has also been built in close proximity to many marae so that kaumātua can support the activities that take place on the marae and help keep the paepae warm.

There may now be different options open to you if you wish to return to ancestral land and live within your tribal rohe.

There are also opportunities for whānau and hapū to start planning and building their own papakāinga. So, even if there is not a place for you at present, this may not always be the case - especially if you can help activate the aspirations of your own whānau to live on their land.



What do I need in order to take this option?

Could this option limit my future choices?

There may be financial implications because of tenure arrangements (many papakāinga operate a license to occupy, which means you do not own the dwelling) and restrictions on who can live in the housing. On the other hand you may be able to release some equity if you sell your home and move to a papakāinga development.

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