Warm, safe kāinga for hapū members is a priority for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Within this, we must also look for ways to help whānau who need that extra assistance, to secure a warm and safe kāinga in which to raise their whānau.
In the current Whai Maia Housing portfolio there are 67 fully tenanted rental homes. The waiting list of whānau wanting to move into hapū housing, is growing. We are aware this list will continue to grow due to the rapid increase in prices of housing, both renting and buying, across the country.
Please read the below steps to apply for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei whānau rental housing.
1. Are you registered for social housing with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) – if you don’t qualify, you are still eligible for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei housing but at a lower priority than those who qualify for social housing.
To register with the Ministry of Social Development:
Phone 0800 673 468 , or check out their website
2. If you qualify for social housing, a confirmation letter from MSD required
3. We require confirmation of all income streams, e.g. salaries, wages, WINZ statement, self-employment, IRD FTC.
4. Please provide proof of identification for all those to be housed e.g. passports, birth certs, driver licence, 18+ cards
5. We require confirmation of all expenses.
6. Please provide formal written document detailing current living standard e.g. overcrowding, health issues caused by current living standard, financial issues
7. Please ensure you have a reference to support your application
Priorities for selecting Whānau in order of priority
1. Trust Board resolution to prioritise allocation for eligible whānau
(e.g. new tribal development initiatives on the papakainga or change of management from Housing NZ to Whai Maia)
2. Whānau that are registered with Ministry of Social Housing and are on the social housing list. (These whanau have gone through a rigorously housing assessment with MSD and are priority to be housed)
3. Capacity of the home matches the number of permanent tenants
(e.g. a 3-bedroom home will not be allocated to a 1 individual or a 2-bedroom home will not be allocated to a whanau of 6.)
4. The whānau matches the purpose of the home based on the Rent Setting Policy.
5. Households with young children, kaumātua and people with health needs. We try to take into account how long whānau have been on waiting list
6. Whānau willingness, commitment and ability to contribute to the community and marae.
7. The effect of renting this home to supporting whānau to move along the housing continuum.
8. Ability to reflect the wider Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei population on the papakainga including:
a) Whānau lines not currently represented on the papakainga
b) Facilitating intergenerational living
c) Mixing whānau who are eligible for IRRS and those who are not eligible for IRRS
d) Potential tenant is considered to be of fit and proper conduct.
Note: Where more than one whānau household are eligible and equally meet the priorities, the Tenancy Manager and working group will give preference to registered members and or households that submitted their expression of interest earlier.
If there are still equal candidates, the tenancy Manager/working group will decide amongst themselves on a preferred candidate. The decision will be final.
Whai Maia Limited are often mistaken as the property owners. This is incorrect. The actual property owners are Whai Rawa Limited, the commercial arm of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Whai Rawa and Whai Maia as subsidiaries of the Trust each have a function when it comes to housing. Whai Maia lease the properties from Whai Rawa then sub-lease to our whānau in which we have a Tenancy Manager who manages this process.
2. Who manages maintenance on these homes?
Whai Rawa do the approved maintenance across the housing stable and liase with contractors to make sure the homes are in good living condition. Where there is maintenance to be done and it is agreed by Whai Rawa as part of their obligation, they will pay for this work. When however, the maintenance is not part of Whai Rawas responsibility to do, then the tenant is expected to pay for it. This is damages and maintenance work caused by tenants. This can be work such as blocked drains, broken windows and DIY disasters. Tenants cannot whatsoever do consented work, major renovations with out Whai Maia approval.
Clauses in your tenancy agreement provide you with more information about your liability for repairs. The most common report whānau have is smashed windows. It’s important to note that Whai Maia will not pay for any repairs that have not been approved by the Tenancy Manager. The Tenancy Manager maintains all the records of approvals given. Make sure you are a registered hapū member (if not you need to register or you don’t qualify). To register, click here.
Kirsteen Durham – Tenancy Manager
Phone: 021 517 432