May 11, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Māori Housing Renewable Energy Fund – seeking expressions of interest

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Expressions of Interest can be submitted by any person, organisation, or group of interested parties who wish to develop renewable energy projects on Māori housing.

To be eligible for funding, projects must focus on installing renewable energy technology, and benefit people in Māori housing, for example:

  • Residents of housing on Whenua Māori
  • Papakāinga residents
  • Tenants of Māori Community Housing Providers
  • Māori households or partners working with the Crown through initiatives such as Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing investment and the MAIHI programme
  • Households benefitting from housing or energy programmes predominantly led by, or for, Māori-affiliated or Māori-run organisations.
  • Any other housing interests or initiatives that predominantly benefit iwi, hapū or whānau.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest can be an initial idea for a project or a highly detailed concept and design. It is expected a range of projects of varying size will be considered. Some smaller projects may be ready to receive funding in the first round in March 2021 for immediate construction. Larger, more complex projects may require more time for planning and feasibility studies.

Through the Expression of Interest process, MBIE can advise on the project’s eligibility, the next steps, and help align applications with the appropriate funding round as a pipeline of possible projects is developed.

MBIE will provide guidance as required to help develop Expressions of Interest into funding proposals.


In the first round, funding can be sought for up to a maximum of $400,000 per project. There will be some discretion to fund projects larger than $400,000 where there is a strong business case.

Funding may be used for technical feasibility studies if necessary, and for project delivery only once total costs and designs are approved.

Funding to deliver projects will be allocated as grants through contracts with project partners. These contracts will be developed for each individual project.

In some cases, funding contracts also may be developed directly between MBIE and suppliers. For example, in some circumstances it may make sense for MBIE to procure technical feasibility studies and share the results with fund applicants.

Proposals for co-funding of projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In total, up to $2 million of funding is available in the first round, with the remaining funding allocated through further rounds until 2024. Details of further funding rounds will be available on this webpage as information becomes available.

Submit an Expression of Interest

Submit an Expression of Interest for a Māori housing renewable energy project by downloading or printing the Expression of Interest form and emailing the completed form to [email protected]. Please read the assessment criteria before submitting an Expression of Interest.

Expression of Interest [DOCX, 81 KB]

Assessment criteria [PDF, 246 KB]

Expressions of Interest for consideration in the first round of funding must be received by 5pm, 19 February, 2021.

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