Ahikaaroa TrustWhare Uku | Organic Farmers | Educators | Facilitators

With over 30 years experience in the building industry, Ahikaaroa Trust are leaders in the Rammed Earth Housing Whare Uku movement.  We offer construction options, consultation, education and facilitation services

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About Us

“Construction of our first rammed earth housing project began in 2010. We wanted to seek alternative solutions that would solve the housing problems of the people of Te Taitokerau.” ~ Heeni

Our History


The concept of ‘Whare Uku’ was originally conceived by Dr Kepa Morgan in 1994.  A project was agreed to between Auckland University’s Engineering Department and the ‘Unaiki Mare Whanau Trust’ of Ahipara.

Ahikaaroa Trust established itself in 2012.  We support whanau and communities to live in quality sustainable housing with a focus on papakainga living.  The trust is registered with the charities commission and legally incorporated.  Te Ahikaaroa promotes the use of Te Reo me ona Tikanga to as a guide to achieve our aspirations.

Pioneering research:  We are helping to create solutions for affordable, efficient and sustainable whare.

With the James Henare Research Centre, we are helping to develop a mobile soil viability testing unit for future community projects.

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Our Vision


Rueben is determined to build 1000 homes on Māori land

“The groundswell of support within the wider hapū suggests that Whare Uku dwellings have the potential to play a realistic role in the path towards Tino Rangatiratanga…” ~ Rueben Taipari

Helping solve New Zealand's affordable housing issues



Tikanga Ahikaa

“I take my role as a kaitiaki (guardian) of  my culture and natural environment – very seriously.  I acknowledge the sacrifices of my tupuna/ancestors and want to be a good …