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A Whakawhanaungatanga Māori Wellbeing Model–guiding better housing and urban development

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Public Health Communication Centre Aotearoa, ,

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The briefing introduces an innovative approach to addressing the housing crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand through the lens of Māori wellbeing.

By integrating Māori cultural perspectives into the planning, development, and management of housing and urban environments, this model proposes a shift towards more inclusive and responsive urban design. The emphasis on whakawhanaungatanga highlights the importance of social and environmental connectedness, which is not only fundamental to Māori wellbeing but also offers broader insights into creating sustainable and healthy urban spaces for all communities. The model’s focus on relationship-building with the environment, community, and economy presents a paradigm shift from traditional urban planning methodologies towards a more integrated and culturally sensitive approach. It underlines the necessity of incorporating Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in addressing contemporary urban challenges, particularly in the context of public housing and community development. Furthermore, the briefing provides practical guidance for applying the model through a set of questions related to Māori wellbeing in public housing and urban contexts. These questions encourage a comprehensive consideration of physical, social, and cultural environments in urban planning and design processes.

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