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Housing has always been an aspiration for TToH.

The first critical step was in 2017 when the TToH Board, Te Haaro made Housing a strategic priority. Since then, Waingākau has worked  tirelessly to fulfil these housing aspirations and below highlights key moments, significant milestones and acknowledgements to the support of key stakeholders. 

Te ingoa o Waingākau
The Waingākau name

“Tangata ako ana i te kāinga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana” (A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society).

Waingākau is guided by the whakatauakī, which embraces the essence of nurturing.  ‘Wai’ refers to Heretaunga Haukunui (Heretaunga of the life-giving dews or water) and to the three rivers, Ngaruroro, Tukituki and Tūtaekurī rivers.  Most importantly, within a spiritual and physical context, water is life.  ‘Ngākau’ is the heart, the aroha we have for each other as a whānau, and as a community.  At the heart of a thriving community is a nurturing core.  It also pays reference to the history of the lands steeped in whakapapa.

Waingākau team celebrate the HDC opening of Whāriki Cres & Korowai Street with Master Weaver, Te Muri Whaanga (4th from left). 




Ngā rori o Waingākau
The Waingākau roads

The site of which the Waingākau Development resides, is of utter significance to the many hapū who hold mana whenua and cultural authority over this end of Flaxmere, in particularly the associated area in which the development resides.   After two Hui ā-Iwi were held at Te Aranga Marae and Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga it was decided to focus on Harakeke (Flax), when naming the roads.

Waingākau asked Matanga Kairaranga (Weaving expert), Te Muri Whaanga to provide information about the history of Harakeke to enable a better understanding of harakeke, and to explore and provide names or words associated with harakeke that can be used for the new roads.

Harakeke is a native plant to New Zealand which Māori discovered and have valued since their arrival on waka.  In the spiritual sense the harakeke represents the whānau.  In the physical sense it was the harakeke that clothed and sheltered our tupuna and was used to produce practical and necessary items for everyday use.

Waingākau looks to strip back barriers to homeownership, to bring whānau together, and provide structure to build a strong and resilient community.  Therefore, the names that resonate with the Kaupapa are:

  • Kōrari (Flax stalk) - the centre stalk where the seed pods grow – represents new growth, food for ngā manu, and seeds providing the continuation of life.  Kōrari to replace Mawson Ave.
  • Rito (New centre shoot) - the young centre leaf of the harakeke – represents the new development, new beginnings, aspirations for a strong vibrant future.  Rito to replace Ryde Place.
  • Whītau (A flax fibre) - a strong yet flexible – represents our whanau journey, the need to stay strong and resilient, but flexible enough to weather the storms for brighter futures.  Whītau to replace Frobisher Street.
  • Whiri (to plait) - represents the bringing together of whanau and weaving together their homeownership journey and building a vibrant future.  Whiri to replace Mitchell Place, if required.
L-R Vanessa Rimene (Project Administrator) , James Lyver (Project Manager) , Ry Stinton (GM Commercial)  & Rikki Te Kira (Whānau Housing Navigator) The Team inside the Waingākau Show home - 32 Tarbet Street, Flaxmere.


Ngā Kāinga Poutama -TToH Housing continuum

Purchasing a home in Aotearoa is difficult. We acknowledge we are in a Housing Crisis and the majority of whānau won’t be able to afford Waingākau homes. However, we have demonstrated that there are some whānau Māori that can afford these homes. For these new homeowners, Waingākau is life changing.

 Waingākau is the housing development unit of TToH. The Ngā Kāinga Poutama (TToH Housing Continuum) below outlines the support throughout the entire housing continuum, not just whānau trying to buy a home. WHDL and TToH want to help many more, but simply cannot solve the NZ Housing Crisis on our own. We are doing our bit and will continue striving to help more.

 Waingākau plays a crucial role in Ngā Kainga Poutama (Housing Continuum) to support the various TToH initiatives.


Mahi-Tahi Heretaunga - Hastings Place Based Approach  

Waingākau is an active member of the Hastings Place Based Strategy, led by Hastings District Council.  A focused strategy using innovative solutions and greater cross agency collaboration to look across the Housing Continuum to provide more houses spaces for Hastings.


Whānau kōrero - Current homeowner stories

 MacArthur Whānau

Proud Waingākau homeowners looking forward to moving into their four-bedroom new home (2019).
L-R: Junior (1st on Left), Patricia MacArthur (3rd from left) and children.

We were living in Auckland and were looking at purchasing a home. However, the Auckland market was really bad and so expensive. We moved to Hawkes Bay in 2017 to be closer to our whanau. I was lucky to be able to transfer mahi to Ara Poutama Aotearoa, Department of Corrections in Hawkes Bay. We started researching the real estate market and were looking at different options for over a year, attending open homes but there was too much competition.

 That’s when we met Rikki Te Kira and heard about the Sorted Kāinga Ora course with Taiwhenua. The course was great! It was a good atmosphere and working with others with the same sort of story was really refreshing. With the help of Janette {Mortgage Broker} and Sarah {Lawyer} who we met through the Sorted Kāinga Ora programme, we have been able to work through the process of getting our mortgage and were really excited!

We were given the presentation about Waingākau and begun doing our own research. We approached other people to see what they had spent on building their home and Waingākau was most definitely a great option. We love the concept of Waingākau – to live within a sustainable community where people look after each other. This kaupapa aligns with our whānau culturally as our background - Samoan and Māori.

 We really appreciate the opportunity, it has been a lot of hard work but at the end of it all, it’s awesome. The Waingākau kaupapa is pono and tika. When people see that it breathes goodness, this culture can be the generational change of how people live together. The real value is how we all get along and live together as one. We are really excited to be a part of it all

Proud MacArthur Whānau 



Te Kira Whānau

Te Kira whānau are proud Flaxmere homeowners (January ‘20). 

This is a transcription of the attached News Article from Te Ao Māori News 3:30pm Saturday 4 January 2020. 

The Te Kira family have a new start in 2020 [Payton Te Kira - New Waingākau Resident] " This is a good opportunity not only for myself but for other people may not be able to see that it can actually happen to them too" The Whānau are moving into a home like this show home pictured in the Waingākau development. 

Waingākau will have 127 homes ranging from 2 -6 bedrooms. The Kaupapa is lead by Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, officially opening the new homes just before Christmas 2019.

[Nanaia Mahuta- Housing Minister of NZ]  "Waingākau are focused on those who can't get into their own homes and us as the government support that through the development of social housing" 

[Sandra Hazlehurst- Mayor of Hastings] "Waingākau is a total new Eutopia - we are taking some very very barren land and turning it into a place that is alive that is green that is full of children that are being able to play, a new school of Kimiora, around the Marae a shopping centre  & Health centre being planned" 

To keep the development from getting run down a residents association will be formed. 

For the Te Kira whānau its a dream come true.

[Aroha Treacher Reporting] 



Mohi & Heke Whānau

Theresa Mohi & Steve Mohi share their journey to Homeownership (Feb 2021).

One of the first whānau to move into Waingākau is Theresa Heke and Steve Mohi.  Watch the video here to hear their journey and see what it means for them to live in Waingākau.


Te Hāpori - The Community 

Te Kura o Kimi Ora 

Kimi ora is a vibrant, exciting school with an amazingly rich community. The school currently consists of 48% Pasifika and 50% Maori. Their connection to Te Aranga Marae is strong and similar links are being forged with the Pasifika communities. The different cultures bring skills and strengths that support and help nurture and grow the kids into caring, responsible people who make a difference in their school and community.

Waingākau koha native plants to Kimi Ora School (4 Mar ‘21).
L-R: Wayne Reading (Kimi Ora Caretaker), Matt O’Dowda (Kimi Ora Tumuaki), Josh McIntyre (Whānau ora, TToH), Nimo Tuavera (Te Whare Huakina, TToH) and James Lyver (Waingākau Project Manager).

The school has recently completed a major rebuild, with new teaching and administration blocks as well as the complete redevelopment of the school grounds into a community space.  

Karakia taonga is performed with Kimi kids at morning karakia (5 Mar ‘21).
L-R: Kimi ora Students, James Lyver (Waingākau Project Manager) and Rikki Te Kira (Whānau Support, Waingākau).


Te Aranga Marae

Te Aranga is an urban Marae for all people, regardless of tribe, race or religion. It is a place steeped in traditional Māori values and customs but remains welcoming and accepting of all the other cultures that exist in this wonderfully diverse community. The Wharenui (meeting house) and the Wharekai (dining hall) are two large meeting areas on the marae which frame a large open grassy space. Both seat around 200 people and can be used in conjunction or independently.  

The Wharekai has a well-equipped industrial kitchen attached, you can bring in suppliers or do your own catering. Suitable for workshops, retreats, corporate meetings, kapa haka, hui, family gatherings. Traditional accommodation is available in the Wharenui if required. There is a no alcohol policy on the marae.

More native plants provide shelter at Te Aranga Marae (4 Mar ‘21). 
L-R: James Lyver (Waingākau Project Manager), Gary Barclay (Te Aranga Marae), Lindsay Abbott (Te Aranga Marae), Nimo Tuavera (Te Whare Huakina, TToH) and Josh McIntyre (Whānau ora, TToH).




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