Our commitment to supporting our communities to be independent extends to running regular workshops on sustainable living, whareuku, planning to build, energy , organic maori land use and of course maramataka.

“22 generations my whanau have occupied our lands in Ahipara. 180,000 hectares of land is still owned by Maori in the Taitokerau, aroha to our whanau and hapu from other areas that suffered mass confiscations through war and government legislation, but us Nga Puhi need to get back on our whenua and use it, hei oranga mo tatou, to improve our health and well being.” ~ Rueben


We understand the many barriers that purposely exist to inhibit our whanau from occupying Maori land.  We focus on taking a collaborative approach towards problem solving and ultimately appreciating the resources that are available to us – people, land, water, energy.

“Our people should not live in illegal or substandard housing. Whare Uku can bring Mana back into the lives of Māori. Māori are Rangatira. We need to live in homes fit for Rangatira.” – Heeni

All ages are trained in practical skills and rammed earth techniques while Rueben oversees instruction in construction and gardening practises. We plan to cover all aspects of housing, from emergency to low-income rental, ownership and Papa Kainga. We stage an open day in the spring (Sep-Nov), along with workshops.

“It was worth coming home for,” – Dean Motu

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