List of funded projects

Recipients of the Māori Housing Renewable Energy Fund.

Funding round 3 — September 2022

Organisation Project name Description Funding
Rehutai whānau with Build Sense Limited Te uri o Rehutai Whānau Project Solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar-thermal renewable energy sources to power 9 homes on whenua Māori, removing reliance on fossil gas and generators for the off-grid households. Build Sense will install solar hot water and wetback-capable cylinders. Whakapara, Te Taitokerau $266,254
He Korowai Tiaki Tangata Charitable Trust He Korowai Tiaki Tangata Solar Power Project Solar PV, batteries and solar thermal storage installed on 7 homes to support whānau living on ancestral whenua Māori. Whangārei $147,763
Huia Faith Taha Moana Trust Huia Faith Taha Moana Trust A solar energy system and household batteries installed on 5 remote whare that are reliant on generators. Pātaua South, Northland $166,445
Ngāti Te Ara Ngāti Te Ara Solar Incentive Scheme Solar panels and batteries to power 17 homes, prioritising households with elderly members, tamariki, those with health issues and households not connected to the national grid. Kawiti Valley, Northland $300,000
Ngātiwai Trust Board Te Rangi Paki o Ngātiwai Solar panels and energy storage equipment installed on eight Ngātiwai Marae along Te Ākau Roa o Ngātiwai (eastern coastline from the Bay of Islands to Mahurangi, Auckaland) creating a Ngātiwai virtual power network. Surplus power from marae solar panels will be shared with rural homes under the kaupapa of Te Poari o Ngātiwai known as Te Rangi Paki o Ngātiwai, with a focus on households with kaumātua and whānau with tamariki. 
Te Ākau Roa o Ngātiwai, Northland
Waikare Community Development & Research Trust on behalf of John Wikaire Whanau Trust Waikare Housing for Te Kapotai Hapū Solar panels and household batteries installed to power 4 intergenerational households on whenua Māori. Waikare Valley, Northland $108,242
Whakapaumahara Marae Whakapaumahara Renewable Energy Community Hub Establishing an energy hub at Whakapaumahara Marae where solar energy is generated, stored and shared via a power resiliency micro-grid system. Energy efficiency improvement is enabled by power measurement sensors to and a community power-saving education programme. Power will be supplied to up to 6 whare, prioritising those in need on whenua Māori papakāinga. Whananaki, Northland $86,957
Rereteewhioi Marae Rereteewhioi Marae and Kaumātua Housing Solar panels installed on Rereteewhioi Marae and 5 onsite kaumātua units.
Surplus power will be shared through Nau Mai Rā’s peer-to-peer platform to kaumātua in the community and other whānau experiencing energy hardship. Auckland
Raukawa Charitable Trust Ngatira Papakāinga Project – He Korowai o te Ao Hou Ki Ngatira A microgrid solar PV power system with batteries installed on 7 homes supporting all whānau living in the papakāinga. Ngātira, Waikato $140,880
Papakāinga Power Up Company Ngāruawāhia Papakāinga Renewable Energy Collective Solar systems including panels, batteries and technology for 16 new and existing whare owned by a collective of Whānau Papakāinga Trusts. ‘Creating a Legacy of intergenerational wealth, thriving whānau and environmental champions’.
Ngāruawāhia. Waikato
Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation – solar and community battery A private solar smart grid across 35 homes in the Mangatawa papakāinga feeding into a community battery. Installation by Tū Mai Rā Energy. Papamoa, Bay of Plenty $400,000
Tūwharetoa Health Charitable Trust with The Lines Company and Maru Energy Trust Tūwharetoa Solar This project benefits 9 homes by installing solar panels on some homes and distributing the surplus power to heat the hot water cylinders of others, effectively storing energy like a battery. Two homes will have an energy- efficient heat pump hot water cylinder installed as a comparison. The trial targets households experiencing energy hardship in the Tūwharetoa rohe and on The Lines Company network. Tūwharetoa rohe $165,217
Pukahu 33D 2H1 Māori Reservation Trust Te Pukahu Papakāinga – Pukahu 33D 2H1 Māori Reservation Trust Solar PV energy panels and solar thermal storage installed on 4 whare on Te Pukahu Papakāinga. Pakipaki, Hawke’s Bay $87,040
Te Rangiao Trust Te Rangiao Trust Kāinga o te Rā Solar panels and batteries installed on 5 of the Trust’s rental properties, supporting low-income households. Whanganui $127,018
Te Ore Ore Marae Te Ore Ore Marae Renewable Energy Project A 50kw solar array and communal batteries installed at Te Ore Ore Marae to power up to 9 kaumātua homes via a microgrid. All houses will receive an equal share of the solar power. Masterton $102,174
Te Āwhina Marae Te Āwhina Marae (TAM) Papakāinga Solar thermal energy efficient hot water systems installed on the 20-house papakāinga, currently being constructed. Motueka $145,600

Funding round 2 — March 2022

Organisation Project name Description Funding
Te Orewai Te Horo Trust, ahu whenua trust for Te Orewai, hapū of Ngāti Hine Hiko Putaio te Orewai Installing a virtual solar power network across Te Orewai hapū in Pipiwai to generate power for low-income whānau in energy hardship. Māori energy retailer Nau Mai Rā will provide peer-to-peer services to distribute power to target households through its retail energy platform. Tū Mai Rā Energy will lead the design and install. Te Orewai, Northland $300,000
Ahika Propreitary Limited Te Paniora Hiko Developing a feasibility study for a fully renewable energy-based smart microgrid covering the 500ha Māori community on Aotea, comprising up to 50 Māori households. Aotea/Great Barrier Island $50,000
Wharekahika Māori Committee Kaumātua Flats – Hick’s Bay Installing a solar power system to support the power needs of two kaumātua flats in a remote location. Surplus power will be gifted to people in energy hardship that whakapapa back to the Trust.
Hicks Bay, East Cape
Ngāti Uenukukopako Iwi Trust Whakapoungakau Iwi Geothermal Energy Grid Using new technology and infrastructure to draw and pipe geothermal water to heat low-income Māori households near the geothermal field at Rotokawa.
Rotokawa, Rotorua
Te Manatōpū Hau Kāinga o Ōhinemutu on behalf of Ngāti Whakaue Te Waiāriki o Ōhinemutu (Sacred Waters of Ōhinemutu) Undertaking a feasibility study on using new technology geothermal energy systems for the households at Ōhinemutu who traditionally accessed their geothermal taonga for heating, cooking and bathing.
Ōhinemutu, Rotorua
Ngāti Maniapoto Marae Pact Trust, Solar Sense Limited, Nau Mai Rā Energy Maniapoto Energy Sovereignty Project A joint partnership between Ngāti Maniapoto Marae Pact Trust, Solar Sense and Nau Mai Rā installing sun-tracking solar arrays on Maniapoto whenua. Electricity will be distributed through the Nau Mai Rā retail network to target households across Aotearoa New Zealand.
Maniapoto/King Country
Wharariki (Flax) Trust Healthy Housing Repairs Programme Hawke’s Bay Installing PV grid-tied solar power system on 15 houses, including a hot water diverter that uses surplus solar to heat hot water, building on the Trust’s home repairs and energy coaching programme. Hawke’s Bay $180,725
Rapihana Hawaikirangi Ahu Whenua Trust Te Piringa Papakāinga Renewable Energy Project Installing solar panels and battery storage systems to service five whānau homes at the Te Piringa Papakāinga development. Waiohiki, Hawke’s Bay $96,600
Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki Charitable Trust Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki Installing solar panels and batteries for whānau, integrating with existing energy and housing initiatives that support low- income Māori households.
Ōtaki, Kāpiti Coast
Te Āhuru Mōwai Limited Partnership in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington He āhuru mōwai mō te waka pūngao Installing solar panels, power measurement sensors and a community- based battery system to supply power to about 20 target households. A new demand management technology system developed by Victoria University researchers will also be trialled.
Porirua, Wellington
Marlborough Sustainable Housing Trust Marlborough Social Housing Trust - Blenheim Installing solar panels and mechanical ventilation heat exchange systems during the construction of three fully accessible social houses. Surplus electricity will be sold back to the grid.
Te Ranga Mangōpare Charitable Trust Kaumātua flats based at Rehua Marae Installing a power resiliency microgrid solar panelling system and household batteries to distribute the power to five kaumātua flats on Rehua Marae. Christchurch $200,000

*Funding for this project is split between the Māori housing and public housing funding pools. The project meets the criteria for both sides of the Fund and tenants are selected from the Social Housing Register in line with the Fund’s priorities.

Funding round 1 — May 2021

Organisation Project name Description Funding
Te Uri o Hau Tangata Development Ltd Tongiterōria Marae Kaumātua Flats Solar Energy Installing solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and battery storage for homes of kaumātua. Tongiterōria, Northland $50,000
Hāpai Housing Limited Partnership Hāpai Housing Renewable Energy Project Adding solar PV and centralised solar-tied hot water technology to new iwi-owned rental housing development. Glen Innes, Auckland $150,000
Kokohinau Papakāinga Trust Kokohinau Papākainga Project Installing solar PV, batteries and a shared electricity grid for seven marae-based homes including homes of kaumātua and disadvantaged whānau. Te Teko, Bay of Plenty $345,000
Tuhua Trust Tuhua (Mayor Island) Solar Power Project Installing solar PV and batteries to replace diesel generators that power houses for the island’s permanent kaitiaki. Mayor Island, Bay of Plenty $100,000
Manaaki Energy Manaaki Energy: Rotorua Home PV Installs Manaaki Energy: Hawke’s Bay Home PV Installs Installing solar PV and batteries for high-needs housing in Hastings and Rotorua, identified in collaboration with local iwi. Rotorua and Hastings $400,000
Te Arawa Whānau Ora Charitable Trust Whiti Te Rā: Supporting whānau to be empowered through solar energy Upgrading housing with solar PV as the homes proceed through a repairs and energy efficiency programme, focusing on homes with kaumātua and whānau with tamariki. Selected whāre within Rotorua $150,000
The Lines Company/Maniapoto Māori Trust Board Maniapoto Marae Solar Solutions Installing larger-scale solar generation on a marae and shared through peer-to-peer trading to improve energy outcomes for Māori. Ngāti Maniapoto rohe, King Country $170,000
Tūhoe Charitable Trust Scoping renewable energy for Tūhoe hapū eco-villages Undertaking a comprehensive study looking at feasibility options for development of renewable energy as part of the Tūhoe hapū eco-villages redevelopment programme. Tūhoe rohe, Te Urewera $75,000
Te Whanau a Maruhaeremuri Hapu Trust Tamanui Te Ra Hei Oranga Mo Maru Renewable Energy Project Installing solar PV and battery systems for housing on remote papakāinga relying on generators. Apanui region, East Cape $140,000
Parihaka Papakāinga Trust Hiringa Nō Runga, Hiringa Mō Raro Installing and testing a community micro-grid, which includes solar and battery storage system distributing energy to whānau homes on the papakāinga and peer-to-peer energy sharing to homes further afield. Parihaka, Taranaki $400,000
Waingākau Housing Development Ltd/Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Waingākau Renewable Energy Project Retrofitting solar panels onto existing homes and integrating them into new builds at the Waingākau housing development, with a focus on prioritising intergenerational whānau Māori buying their first homes. Flaxmere, Hastings, Hawke’s Bay $150,000
Waiohiki Community Charitable Trust Solar Oranga Project Retrofitting solar panels onto social housing for the benefit of low-income whānau. Waiohiki, Hawke’s Bay $150,000
Reureu Kotahitanga Kia Whitingia Installing solar PV generation on marae and some homes with large-scale battery storage and an energy sharing platform to provide electricity to nearby homes. Halcombe, Manawatū $400,000
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Shared Equity Housing Programme Installing solar PV generation and batteries on homes that are tenanted by kaumātua and whānau with tamariki as part of Ngāi Tahu programmes and initiatives. Ngāi Tahu Tākiwa $150,000
Last updated: 01 September 2022