Over 400 families in need will receive financial support and assistance through iwi-led programme Kāinga Whānau Ora.
Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni made the announcement in Auckland today.
The government is investing $4.6 million into assisting 450 families living in Housing New Zealand homes in the Palmerston North and Whanganui regions.
Iwi will help the families identify what they need from the government, which could including finding work, upskilling or addressing housing issues.
Ms Sepuloni said Whānau Ora has been successful in making it easier for Māori and Pasifika families to access government services which can be difficult to navigate.