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Hei whakatū ngā kāinga mō te iwi Māori: Producing, retaining and maintaining affordable housing for Māori.

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Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, ,

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This analysis explores the relationship between Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) and the current housing crisis affecting Māori.

It outlines the historical context of Māori land dispossession and its ongoing impact on Māori housing affordability and ownership. The paper examines the role of Māori Housing Providers in addressing these challenges within the framework of Te Tiriti, emphasising the need for strong leadership, partnerships, and culturally appropriate housing solutions. It also highlights the barriers and enablers to affordable housing for Māori, including local government policies, planning processes, and funding mechanisms. Recommendations for establishing a National Māori Housing Authority and enhancing support for Māori Housing Providers underscore the necessity of a coordinated approach to improve Māori housing outcomes in alignment with Te Tiriti obligations. This document brings to light the historic injustices that have led to current disparities in housing affordability and ownership among Māori. By focusing on Māori Housing Providers, the text offers insight into the potential for community-led, culturally grounded solutions that honour Te Tiriti. The analysis of barriers—ranging from bureaucratic hindrances to funding challenges—paired with the exploration of enablers, such as supportive local government practices and partnerships, provides a nuanced understanding of the complex landscape of Māori housing. The recommendations for the establishment of a National Māori Housing Authority and the empowerment of Māori Housing Providers through better resources and partnerships present a clear path forward.

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