Te Puna Wai papākainga, situated in Wainuiomata, was developed by Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika (Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust) in partnership with The Wellington Company to accommodate Taranaki Whānui uri (descendants).
The papakāinga currently consists of 19 whare, all owned by uri, and 11 kaumātua units which the Trust, through Home in Place made available for eligible uri as social housing rentals.
PNBST through its Commercial entity Taranaki Whānui Limited (TWL) received a grant from Te Puni Kōkiri to assist with the funding for the construction of these whare, which are managed by Home in Place.
Rents for all the kaumātua units are subsidised by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), where eligible tenants pay 25% of their benefit or ACC payments.
To qualify, all tenants need to be Taranaki Whānui members and need to be assessed by MSD to be eligible to be on the Social Housing Register.
Located together on the papakāinga, surrounding a small māra kai, these warm, dry, energy efficient one-bedroom whare have ramp access with low operating costs.
These whare are suitable for a couple or single person household only.