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He kāinga pai rawa: Te Kete Mātauranga mō te hanga whare tino pai rawa: A knowledge basket to support building affordable and safe housing for kaumātua

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AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 19(1), 113-122

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This article describes a project aimed at addressing housing inadequacies for older Māori (kaumātua) in Aotearoa New Zealand by creating culturally centred, age-friendly communities.

Spearheaded by a collaboration between academic researchers and Māori organisations, including Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa and Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust, the project builds on the successful development of a kaumātua village in Hamilton. By employing a toolkit derived from this initial endeavour, the study aims to replicate and adapt the model across three additional communities, emphasizing co-design principles and a kaupapa Māori research approach. The project’s methodology incorporates process and summative evaluations, including photovoice, interviews, and surveys, to document the development process and assess the impact on kaumātua well-being. Central to the research are the values of kaumātua mana motuhake (self-determination), arohatanga (compassion), and whanaungatanga (relationship building), guiding the creation of supportive, sustainable living environments for Māori elders. This approach not only seeks to provide immediate housing solutions but also contributes to the broader discourse on culturally appropriate, intergenerational housing policies in New Zealand.

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