This year’s Wellbeing Budget makes a strategic investment into the development of whenua, Māori freehold landowners and their whanau.
The Government has set aside $56.1 million to implement the Whenua Māori Programme. Whenua is fundamental to Māori culture, providing a sense of identity and belonging that transcends generations. The programme is expected to significantly lift the intergenerational wellbeing of Māori landowners, their whanau and communities.
With a focus on stimulating social and economic development through the 1.4 million hectares of whenua that remain in Māori freehold title, the programme will increase the knowledge and skills of Māori landowners, generate wealth and strengthen the connection between Māori and their whenua.
Māori freehold landowners face a range of complex issues and need a range of support to help identify opportunities for investment and growth. The programme addresses these challenges by:
Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Justice are co-leading the programme and will work across government to ensure Māori landowners are accessing the range of opportunities available to them.