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Housing in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry.

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This report covers housing policy and urban planning during the early 1970s.

As the product of a Commission of Inquiry, the 311 page report represents a significant effort to address the multifaceted challenges and opportunities within the New Zealand housing landscape. Cooke investigates various facets of housing, providing a detailed examination of the prevailing conditions, challenges, and potential solutions. The report uses an interdisciplinary approach, integrating economic and social considerations into the discourse on housing. The author offers insights into the complexities of housing provision, affordability, and quality, thereby contributing to a holistic understanding of the housing dynamics in New Zealand at that time. Cooke was critical of various planning and development outcomes regarding state housing. In chapter nine, “Housing Māori and Pacific Islanders”, specific references were made to the nature of assimilation policies, remediation of sub-standard housing, better recognition of welfare requirements, and the need for more Government support. The report’s significance extends beyond its immediate historical context, as it serves as a foundational resource for scholars, policymakers, and practitioners involved in housing studies and urban development. Cooke’s recommendations and findings have informed subsequent policy decisions, making the report a crucial reference point for understanding the evolution of housing policies in New Zealand. The Housing Corporation was set up partly as a result of the Commission.

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