Message from the Co-Directors

    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te motu, tena koutou katoa.
    Despite the cold, wet winter weather that the country is experiencing right now, there is still a lot happening in the Building Better Home, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge.
    In our second BBHTC newsletter for 2022, you will find a range of interesting articles:
    • The recent release of the Social Impact Assessment Guide authored by Dr Nick Taylor, from Nick Taylor and Associates, and Dr Mike Mackay, from AgResearch. This publication provides valuable information to anyone who is proposing changes in their communities;
    • Te Puea marae continues to lead the way providing a transformational approach to transitional housing;
    • Respected Māori Architect Rau Hoskins speaks to Jack Tame from Q&A about making housing developments more culturally friendly;
    • Dr James Berghan discusses Kaupapa Kainga – the potential for Māori co-housing;
    • One of our original researchers, the talented Jacqueline Paul has won a prestigious international scholarship, this month she heads off to MIT in Massachusetts to begin her PhD;
    • Some Kaumātua units are the first steps in realising Te Upoko o Te Rūnaka o Awarua vision;
    • New Building Better-funded research shows that jetties are deeply valued by communities;
    • We look at a BBHTC-supported Sustainable Paving project which has been selected as a top venture; and
    • Rangatahi, wāhine Māori researchers lead the way investigating the pathways to safe, secure, and affordable homes for rangatahi Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau.
    Kia noho haumaru i te kainga e hoa mā
    Mauri ora ki a koutou katoa,
    Rihi Te Nana and Ruth Berry
    BBHTC Co-Directors (Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti)

    Social Impact Assessment: Guidelines for thriving regions and communities

    Regional communities are experiencing social impacts from economic regeneration projects, including tourism infrastructure development, heritage conservation, irrigation and new land uses, and housing, but how are these impacts measured?

    Building Better researchers Dr Nick Taylor, from Nick Taylor and Associates, and Dr Mike Mackay, from AgResearch, have recently published a comprehensive practical guideline to Social Impact Assessment (SIA) to help councils and community groups learn the basics about how to conduct an SIA, contribute to an SIA, use the results of an SIA, and judge if an SIA is fit for purpose.

    “During our work, we encountered many community leaders who were keen to learn how to assess the social impacts of the plans they design, how to take this information and use it to make decisions, and then, overtime, evaluate the outcomes for communities,” says Nick.
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    Te Puea Marae leads transformational approach to transitional housing

    The Manaaki Tāngata Programme Kaimahi.
    Te Puea Marae is transforming the lives of whānau experiencing homelessness with a tikanga Māori-based approach to transitional housing.

    Manaaki Tangata E Rua, funded by Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities (BBHTC), is New Zealand’s first marae-based transitional housing programme which has secured permanent homes for more than 100 families.
    Lead Social Worker, Whitiao Paul says people supported through the programme become a part of the whanau at their Marae which helps creates an enduring connection.

    “When they move to their new homes our relationship with them doesn’t end, we stay by their sides to help make sure they have the right support to maintain mana motuhake (self-sustainability).”
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    Make housing developments more culturally friendly - architect

    Marae designed by Rau Hoskins.
    A leading Māori architect says new housing developments need to more culturally appropriate and designed with Māori and Pasifika families in mind.

    Rau Hoskins told Q+A with Jack Tame that in the wake of the housing crisis, the initial effort has been to build, build, build.

    “I think it's to be applauded that the Government is finally putting major resourcing Into getting the volume of our state housing up. The next challenge is looking at the quality of those environments for Māori, Pacific and inter-generational whānau.”

    However, he says the focus on multi-level terrace house developments has meant many houses don’t cater for whānau with disabled members, or allow for inter-generational living.

    “We've had not only that style of house dictated to us, but we've had the planning dictated to us from standard plan books. And that was from the very early Māori Affairs houses right through to our medium density terraced housing that's proliferating in Māngere and Mt Roskill and other parts of the country today," said Hoskins.
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    Kaupapakāinga: The potential for Māori cohousing

    Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, Ranui, Auckland. Photo: James Berghan.
    Māori conceptions of ‘home’ are relational and multi-dimensional. They can extend beyond the physical house, drawing on connections and relationships within and between whānau, whenua, and whakapapa.

    These conceptions can be at odds with mainstream societal regimes, which tend to focus on individualisation, private property rights, and the nuclear family unit. Building Better researcher Dr James Berghan asks if there may be better options worth investigating.

    “Much of our housing stock is reflective of those values which don’t necessarily align with a relational Māori world view. A growing body of literature is emerging on housing approaches that might better suit Māori needs and aspirations,” says James.

    A number of scholars have explored various aspects of Māori and housing, including trends and contemporary barriers to Māori achieving their housing aspirations, papakāinga (Māori housing) design principles, and established toolkits to guide the development of papakāinga - advancing the state of knowledge around papakāinga and the potential for kaupapa Māori housing and neighbourhood design approaches.
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    World’s top university awards scholarship to young Māori researcher

    MIT scholarship recipient Jacqueline (Jackie) Paul. Photo: Emma Wharepouri.
    The world’s top-ranked university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has awarded Jacqueline Paul (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) a full-ride scholarship.

    The Ngā Wai A Te Tūī and He Kāinga Whakamana Tangata Whakamana Taiao (BBHTC) researcher has joined the chosen few accepted to MIT, ranked as one of the best universities in the world alongside institutes like Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford. For more than a decade, MIT has maintained the number one spot on the QS World University Rankings, and the competitive admissions process only accepts 4.1% or 4 out of every 100 applicants.

    Jackie received the news of her acceptance to MIT just hours after graduating with her Masters at the University of Cambridge.

    “I was in Lucy Cavendish College with a close friend and my sister when I received the news. It has taken me several weeks to process everything as it feels surreal to get into the one school I thought I would never get into. I feel so humbled and extremely grateful.”
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    Kaumātua units first step in realising rūnaka vision

    Labour MP for Te Tai Tonga Rino Tirikatene, left, Invercargill mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt, Minister of Housing MP Megan Woods, Upoko o Awarua Rūnaka Tā Tipene o Regan and Invercargill Labour List MP Dr Liz Craig at the opening of six new kaumātua units in Bluff. Photo: Stuff/Kavinda Herath.
    Southland Times/Stuff reporter Laura Hooper reports on the new block of six Kaumātua units in Bluff. The beginnings of this papakainga have long been an aspiration of the Te Rau Aroha Marae.

    The project has in part been supported by government funding of $2 million as part of He Kāinga Pai Rawa, a Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge Project, which is developing housing strategies to create communities for Māori.

    “These six new units will help to bring our whānau back to their tūrakawaewae and support our kaumātua to pass down their mātauraka (knowledge) to our tamariki and rakatahi,” says Te Upoko o Te Rūnaka o Awarua Tā Tipene o Regan.

    Jetties and small settlement regeneration

    The Church Bay jetty was successfully restored by the community by December 2016, after the Christchurch City Council made the decision in 2011 not to finance the jetty repair. The overall effect was of “bringing the community together”, with the grand re-opening occasion marked by a sign stating “We have saved our jetty”. The Kaioruru / Church Bay jetty was subsequently used as a blueprint for other community-led jetty restoration projects around the Peninsula. Photo: Kate Oranje, Lincoln University.
    New Building Better-funded research shows that jetties are deeply valued by people in a variety of ways from the recreational, to the historical, to the aesthetic. Jetties are places of connection, with intergenerational value. The researchers say that restoring a community’s jetty has a greater effect than just repairing the physical structure.

    Recreational activities using jetties by the community were wide ranging including fishing, walking, nature appreciation, jumping off it, and using it to launch a kayak or boat.

    In addition, many people interviewed for the research also emphasised that the jetties offered much more than their functional purposes. As an interviewee said, “I don’t think you have to use something for it to be precious.”

    Jetties provide access to the marine environment to which many community members feel a connection and from which they get pleasure. Some utilise its access to nature for their wellbeing, with a respondent referring to their local jetty as the “Blue Hagley Park”.
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    Sustainable paving selected as ‘top venture’

    The Alps to Ocean pavement design concept was one liked by Timaru residents in Imogen’s survey. Photo: Imogen McRae.
    A sustainable paving project sponsored by Venture Timaru, with support from AgResearch via the Thriving Regions programme of the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge, was earlier this year announced as one of the top 24 ventures in the 2022 Food, Fibre & Agritech Supernode Challenge.

    The top 24 ventures have been selected to move into an Accelerator programme. Participants are developing ideas that will solve problems in the sector, positively impacting the future of Aotearoa New Zealand as they support a cleaner and greener environment and facilitate more efficiency.

    The paving project, part of Venture Timaru’s 'Sustainable is Attainable' initiative, is by University of Canterbury product design student Imogen McRae, and seeks to solve the problem of Timaru CBD's slippery tiles, with replacements made from waste-materials from the food industry. The Accelerator programme could see the pavers eventually developed commercially, if they prove sustainable and fit-for-purpose.

    Imogen has been developing pavers made of waste material sourced from South Canterbury - diatomaceous earth, a by-product from the beer brewing industry which normally winds up in the landfill, and polypropylene plastic, a waste product in many food processing and manufacturing businesses.
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    New publications

    The Building Better research library continues to grow at pace on our website. New publications uploaded since the last newsletter include:
    • Moores, J., Ira, S., Batstone, C. & Simcock, R. (2019). The ‘More than Water’ WSUD Assessment Tool. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities: Activating water sensitive urban design for healthy resilient communities (Contestable Research), 64pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.

    Researchers combine identity and expertise to empower rangatahi in housing

    From left, Jacqueline Paul, Maia Ratana, Pania Newton, and Hanna-Marie Monga. Photo: Tuputau Lelaulu.
    A dedicated team of researchers are combining their identity and expertise to champion the intelligence and innovation of a generation in the housing sector.

    Ngā Wai a Te Tūī, Unitec’s Kaupapa Māori and Indigenous Research Centre, has launched a research project that will investigate potential kāinga innovations to support intergenerational Māori housing aspirations. He tātai whetu ki te rangi, he rangatahi ki te kāinga project will investigate pathways to safe, secure, and affordable homes for rangatahi Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau.

    The four-year research project, supported by BBHTC, is led and delivered by rangatahi for rangatahi. The project team includes Maia Ratana, Jacqueline Paul, Pania Newton, Hanna-Marie Monga, Grace Walker and is supported by Ngā Wai a Te Tūī Director Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan.
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