Our goal is to help whānau connect with, develop and invest in whenua Māori. We created Tupu.nz to support whānau aspirations for Māori freehold land – to grow whānau through whenua.
In 2019, Minister Mahuta announced the Whenua Māori Programme – a 4-year programme to unlock the potential of whenua Māori. The programme, co-led by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Justice, will:
- provide on-the-ground support for Māori landowners in Te Tai Tokerau, Waiariki and Tairāwhiti
- create a whenua knowledge hub (Tōku Whenua) and website (Tupu.nz) with up-to-date land profiles, to help landowners connect, develop and invest in their whenua
- make changes to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993
- update the Māori Land Court Information System to protect their records, and improve access to their information.
Tupu.nz supports the Whenua Māori Programme by helping Māori landowners navigate the complex journey of land ownership. We aim to provide whānau with information that’s easy to find, easy to use, and easy to understand. We do this by providing step-by-step pathways through complex tasks — walking alongside whānau with guidance about who to talk to, and what to do next. We want to inspire whānau to take action, and to feel confident making decisions about their whenua. Our goal is to:
- support the sustainable development of whenua Māori
- increase the knowledge and skills of Māori landowners
- generate wealth, and
- strengthen the connection between Māori and the whenua.
What we did
To help make sure we built a website that would meet whānau needs, we co-designed it in collaboration with a group of Māori landowners from all around the motu. This collaboration planted the seed for Tupu.nz. We worked together to define the tools, resources, and information that could help whānau start to unlock the opportunities for their whenua.
The owners we talked to brought a wide range of knowledge and experience with them. We talked with rangatahi who are yet to start their own journey to land ownership, kaumātua who have been kaitiaki for their whenua for many years, and everyone in between. Their generosity, wisdom and expertise helped us shape a pathway through the journey of land ownership — from connecting to the whenua, to governance and kaitiakitanga, and finally to considering how to use the whenua to get the best outcomes for whānau.
It’s our hope that Tupu.nz will help you and your whānau shape the future of your whenua for many generations to come. We hope it’ll give you the tools and information to nurture and protect the whenua, and support you in your role as kaitiaki.
But this is just the first chapter for Tupu.nz. We’ll be continuing to create more resources and information for the site soon, so check back in again to see what’s new. And, if you have feedback you’d like to share, contact us and let us know. We’d love to hear what you think, and how we can continue to improve Tupu.nz for whānau over time.