Whare Ora – preparing for Makariri

Funding remains available for whānau homes that require critical and essential upgrades. Find out if your whare is eligible.

New Windows Going In From The Outside

8 March 2024

As we head into the cooler months, now is the time to prepare ourselves and our homes before Makariri (winter) strikes.

Limited funding is available for whānau who require critical and essential repairs to their whare.

Mana Takata’s Kaiārahi Pūtere Rautaki Jade Saville says Te Puni Kōkiri Essential and Critical Repairs programme is for whānau Māori living in the Otago rohe who own their own home or living in a whānau-owned home.

Examples that the funding can help with include, but are not limited to:

  • A leak in the roof that needs urgent repair
  • Toilet malfunctioning
  • Necessary renovations for health and safety compliance (i.e. whānau who require support structures for showers etc.)

The funding does not cover examples such as replacing old carpet or upgrading whiteware, including ovens.

A before photo of drafty windows that required replacement.
A before photo of drafty windows that required replacement.

Emergency assessments can be arranged promptly for safety concerns, and Jade encourages those in urgent situations to reach out.

“If eligible, we will contact applicants and arrange an assessment.  However if there is a real urgency, I am happy to take a call to determine if emergency repairs are required,” she says.

If your tamariki are experiencing preventable illnesses such as infectious respiratory conditions and rheumatic fever due to the condition of your house, Aukaha’s Healthy Homes Initiative could be appropriate for you.

The Healthy Homes Initiative, funded by Te Whatu Ora, is available for renters and owner occupiers (including whānau living in Kāinga Ora homes and social housing) who have members of the household with health vulnerabilities and low income.

The Mana Takata team helped to fix these rotten weatherboards.
The Mana Takata team helped to fix these rotten weatherboards.

The Mana Takata team works with other organisations and entities such as GPs, Dunedin Curtain Bank, Ministry of Social Development, Tenancy Services, Plunket, Habitat for Humanity and others to ensure whānau can get access to the right support.

If you would like to apply for a home assessment, please send through an application by clicking here.

Or, for anything urgent, please call our office on 03 477 0071 and ask to speak to the Better Homes team.

For more information on what’s available in the Housing space, click here

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