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.