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.
Whai Maia rental homes will be used to facilitate the retention of land title by active occupation and enhance the connection of whānau to the papakāinga.
In order apply you must be a registered member of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. If you are unsure on your registration status you can call one of our hapū ora navigators on 0508 696 72534.
Applications for rental properties are done in person at our offices at 230 Kupe st, Orākei, via ZOOM or over the phone with one of our tenancy team members as we require detailed information to produce accurate profiles for the housing allocations committee. If you are interested in applying please call Kirsteen Durham on 021 517 432 or email Kirsteen@nwo.iwi.nz
Once all information is received you will then be placed on the NWO rental housing list. You are required to update your details every 6 months, failure to do so may see you come off the waiting list.
All eligible whānau who have expressed an interest to rent, will be considered for allocation whenever housing becomes available.
Recommendations based on criteria set in the housing allocations policy (home fit for purpose, affordability, priority and demonstrated needs) are prepared and put forward as anonymously as possible by Whai Maia tenancy manager/staff to housing allocation committee.
Housing allocations committee meet, review recommendations, and allocate appropriately based on above criteria.
Housing tenancy manager offers tenancy agreement to whānau applicant.
Whānau applicant agrees to all terms and conditions set in tenancy agreement.
Note: Where more than one whānau household are eligible and equally meet the priorities, the allocations committee will give preference to registered members that have updated housing rental details and /or submitted their application earlier.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei homes on the papakāinga that are transferred to Whai Maia for rental purposes (Whai Maia homes), will be made available to eligible whānau of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to rent. Whai Maia currently manages 69 rental properties.
Who owns the rental homes?
Whai Maia Ltd are often mistaken as the property owners. This is incorrect. The actual property owners are Whai Rawa Ltd, 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. The Whai Maia tenancy manager, manages this process.
Who manages maintenance on these homes?
Whai Rawa do the approved maintenance across the rental housing stock and liaise with Whai Rawa approved and appointed 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.
Whai Rawa will not cover damages and/or maintenance work caused by tenants e.g. smashed windows, blocked drains etc. Tenants cannot whatsoever do any altercations or major renovations on these rental properties. This is considered a serious breach of the tenancy agreement.
All rental housing enquiries to:
Kirsteen Durham – Tenancy Manager
Phone: 021 517 432
230 Kupe Street