Nāu te rourou nāku te rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

Working with iwi and hapū is some of the most important work we do. Sometimes this means capacity-building; sometimes it means listening; sometimes it means advocacy or holding space within a process; and sometimes it means empowering Māori to make decisions.

We seek to listen and learn from iwi, hapū, mana whenua and Māori about what you want for whānau, hapū and iwi, and work alongside you to find practical ways of achieving these aspirations according to their tikanga and kawa. This mahi includes visioning, housing strategy and delivery, but more importantly is holistic in nature, and aims to build Māori wellbeing, as well as local and community wealth.

Advocating for a bicultural approach

As tangata Tiriti, we aim to take a bicultural approach to project delivery, and advocate for the role of iwi, hapū and Māori entities within projects

This means:

From the very start, our approach is to work with whānau, hapū and iwi organisations, marae and post-settlement governance entities [as relevant to the rohe and scope of work] to understand if and how you want to be involved in a project. This might require a series of wānanga or hui, to develop a good relationship.

A kawenata or relationship agreement may also be required to be transparent and define the terms and purpose of this partnership.

In some instances these already exist as a foundation to engage with appropriate representatives in relation to your project

Mā mātou koe e awhina | We can help you:

Mahere: Communicate what is important to you + create values-based plans
Mārama: Understand your impact + measure and communicate your success
Rautaki: Support you to develop your whenua to benefit your whānau
Huarahi: Know what your options are
Pūtea: Fund your project + find delivery partners
Whare ora: Deliver  affordable housing

Featured Services

Housing Action Plans

We can help to develop tailored, holistic housing strategies that consider the full spectrum of housing needs and delivery options as well as ways more can be achieved through partnerships.

Values-based decision making

We can help to create bespoke tools to help with decision-making and prioritization of development opportunities aligned to tikanga, values or aspirations for urban development.


Our Clients


We’re so appreciative of our clients who enable us to do the work we do.

We worked with TUA to develop our approach and programme plan for a housing project and land $2.5m of funding to help us deliver it well. What made working with TUA a good fit was our strong value alignment, but they were also a good personality fit for our team

Jodi Hayward
CEO, Te Pai Roa Tika o te Taitokerau

Putting together an iwi housing strategy for the first time required people with expertise and knowledge. TUA were amazing to work with, professional, engaging, helpful and have a lot of expertise.

Lisa Bishop
Property Project Lead, Ngāti Toa

"We worked with TUA to investigate the delivery of new housing models, in particular co-housing and a lot of useful knowledge was built up amongst our team. The team at TUA had a good mix of skills, were great facilitators, were collaborative, and their reports were well-presented and detailed.”

Brenna Waghorn
GM Strategy & Planning, Eke Panuku

“TUA have been professional and accommodating throughout and your work has been invaluable in getting the plan change to the point it is today. We have enjoyed working alongside you all.”

Karen Lees
Project Manager, Griffithsi

“Our relationship with TUA seeks to redefine what working in a true partnership means. Whilst the tangible outcomes will produce our Housing Strategy, being the crucial first step to achieving our housing aspirations, the intangible benefits of this relationship will enable both entities to increase their capacity and matauranga."

Kim Tahiwi
Project Lead, Ngā Hapu o Ōtaki