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Designing housing compatible with cultural values: Māori perspectives.

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Housing Corporation of New Zealand, ,

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Goodwillie studies house design, examining how cultural values influence architectural choices.

The research identified four key principles central to house design in the context of these cultural values: whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, kotahitanga, and āhuatanga. Whanaungatanga emphasises maximizing space for hosting family and friends. Design elements that align with this principle include broad entrances suitable for a coffin’s entry, the elimination of hallways to conserve space, and expansive lounge and living areas with adjoining kitchens and family rooms. Manaakitanga focuses on hospitality. Designs embodying this principle feature bedrooms branching off from a central lounge, and sliding doors between rooms, facilitating the accommodation of a large number of guests by creating a seamless flow between sleeping areas. Kotahitanga is about fostering togetherness. Besides the aforementioned elements, this principle also encompasses the proximity to Māori wardens and the marae, enhancing community integration and unity. Lastly, āhuatanga pertains to environmental considerations. This might include design aspects like an outdoor area shielded from neighbours for performing mihi on the lawn, external toilets, and sizable kitchens, bathrooms, and laundries. These features help in maintaining the sacredness of certain spaces. Separating the laundry from the kitchen was also noted as a preference among Māori women.

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