Help Wairarapa whānau prototype building affordable healthy housing

$3,725 of $6,502 goal
Given by 29 generous donors in around 5 months

Help us buy a CNC Router so we can prototype building warm, dry whare for our whānau in Wairarapa.


The Kia Hanga pou is part of our Te Whare Hangahanga project. Our goal is to establish a whare that would house a CNC router in Wairarapa (CNC stands for computer numerical control). The router is an automated, computer-controlled machine that uses a cutting bit (like a drill) to cut parts out of plywood. It allows the creation of almost any shape, including house parts! You can create designs with computer software and then the CNC router will cut them out precisely.

The opportunities for our people with this type of technology are unlimited. There are already open source projects in the world that provide the designs and templates to create houses (WikiHouse) and furniture (OpenDesk). The CNC router unlocks that ability.

This kia hanga pou proposal requires a CNC router to allow us to cut full size sheets of plywood (2400mm x 1200mm) and gives us the opportunity to manufacture our own housing (even the furniture). We have already created a 1/6th scale prototype MicroHouse based on a design by WikiHouse (pictured). Purchasing this CNC router will enable our whānau to build a prototype full scale whare.

If this build is successful our aim is to use this technology to progressively replace kaumātua housing.

We want to ensure we build sustainable, off-grid houses that are warm, dry and insulated, at a price of less than $75k. This kaupapa not only allows us to use digital technologies but to effect change in our physical environment. It will ensure we can provide autonomy to our whānau and generations to come.

We are looking to raise $32,004 which is the cost of the CNC router alone (including GST). All funds raised will go towards the purchase of a CNC Router within the Wairarapa region. Any funds raised above the purchase price will go towards the delivery of the machine ($2k+) purchasing plywood for the project (potentially up to $25k). With your help, we can build the first full-size whare prototype.

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Use of funds

The funds will be spent on purchasing a CNC Router. If additional funds are collected they will be contributed to the plywood, people and other costs to build our prototype whare out.

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Latest update

Massive love and thanks to you all  13 July 2021

Posted by: Te Rua o Mahara Wairarapa

Thank you so much everyone for everyones kind and generous donations. We've made the bare minimum and this means we absolutely (at a stretch) can purchase the machine. My tīpuna, our future mokopuna and us thank you all. I told to news to our aunties and uncles and they were so stoked. So from the bottom of our hearts - thank you.

What we're now trying to do is reduce the loan funds we need. So any additional funds now will help alleviate our costs.

What does this mean?

Well on top of buying the machine we will need to house it, pay for power, purchase wood and other costs. Although we're doing this on a shoestring budget there is some costs that are unavoidable. Any funds that are raised now will help reduce our loaned funds from organisations that have been willing to help fund but do require these funds back in the near future. But it will also allow us to put some funds aside to pay for these few items to get the prototyping up and running faster.

If you want to share with friends and whānau that would be appreciated. If you have ideas for how we may be able to work through this - reach out to us. But ultimately thank you for your generosity. Literally without you we couldn't have done this.

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Guest Donor on 12 Jul 2021
I wish I could give more. I hope this helps.
Megan on 12 Jul 2021
Jack on 10 Jul 2021
Jeremy on 29 Jun 2021
Te Rua o Mahara Wairarapa

Thanks Jeremy

Te Rua o Mahara Wairarapa
Mike on 29 Jun 2021
Te Rua o Mahara Wairarapa

Thanks Mike!

Te Rua o Mahara Wairarapa

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