The Government is supporting some proposals to make it cheaper and easier for Maori to build a roof over their heads.
Ministers have embraced recommendations from the Productivity Commission to make housing more affordable.
The broad report tackles a range of issues including, taxation, planning and the rental market - and Maori housing.
One of five recommendations specific to Maori is to train whanau ora workers to educate families about the options to build properties on multiple-owned-customary land - which is currently hard to achieve.
The Government supports the idea.
It says the welfare staff could: learn about the steps Maori need to take to build on shared land; work more closely with Maori Land Court officers and local and regional councils; and host summits on papa kainga - family homes built on a whanau land plot similar to a marae setting.
Ministers say they'll now make an assessment on whether to use whanau ora workers to help families build a whare on their traditional whenua.