This is a great post that quickly helps your helpers understand the context, the problem, your solution, and how we can help you. It also importantly it shows the time, dedication and passion you’ve already put into Kainga Tupu!
There will be specific Government or regional development funds to solve similar problems (Education, MBIE, MSD, etc.), however the process, timing and effort required to gain these for early stage founders can be really exhausting. Bootstrapping, philanthropy, personal networks or Iwi funds could also be good options more suited to your own values, but it will take time and many conversations to find out which is right for you, then how to access them properly.
However unless you’re already well on the way, there is still a lot you can do before you need to spend or launch (market research, customer discovery, design, testing, minimum viable products, pitches/comms, networking with founders, etc.). Doing these early steps right (and cheaply) will really help you learn quickly so when you build Kainga Tupu the early. Then when you’re ready to go wider you already have the foundations, examples and relationships that then help you gain the right investment.
Did you have a plan already on how you were looking to do build Kainga Tupu? Are you supported by a good founder network locally?
On your growth question… Starting locally really helps you get close to your customers and deeply understand their subtle needs and challenges as build whilse saving precious cash. If you want to grow however, design K.T. for a national or international market(s) and treat local as the first step towards the goal.
Great work so far and looking forward to hearing more!