With the current housing climate, whānau are looking at cost-effective housing options.

One path a Far North couple is pursuing is the current 'tiny house' trend.   

Rangimarie Mules says it’s another option for people wanting to return to their homelands.

“Ko te painga o tēnei momo whare ka taea e māua te hanga.

"Koinā te tino moemoeā mō māua, kia hanga whare mā ēnei ringa.

"Koinā te ngako o te kaupapa kia hoki ki te whenua kia hanga whare.”

Her partner Jared Hiakita says they ditched the city lights for the home fires of home to build a house, a small house, at a small cost.

“Ko te kaupapa i whai māua i tēnei take ko te wharepaku kia iti te pūtea kia hoatu ki te whare.

"Kāre māua e hiahia ki te raka [i] ō māua ringa ki te pēke.”

Mules also say building a tiny house isn't easy, it takes lots of planning.

“Ko te mea tuatahi kia whakaaro, ka taea e au te mahi, ka taea au te kite i tētahi moemoeā.

"Koirā te mea tuatahi kia whānga i tōu whakairo.

"Kātahi ka taea te whakatū pou, katahi ka whai atu i aua pou.”

She adds that the wellbeing of Papatuanuku is at the forefront of the build by employing environmentally friendly building and living methods.

“Ko te hiko ka haramai ia Tamanui Te Rā, ko te katoa o te hiko mā te hīhī o te rā.

"Ko te ua mai i ngā rangi ka hopu i te wai ki ngā ipu nui.”

Hiakita says he knows the struggles of urban living, but this option will make it easier for people to move home.

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