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Impact evaluation of the Māori Housing Network

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This report, detailing the findings from the independent impact evaluation of the Māori Housing Network, highlights the significant contributions and outcomes of the Network's activities from its operational start in October 2015 until June 2017.

The Network, tasked with providing information, advice, practical support, and funding to enhance and develop Māori housing, invested $40.7 million in 158 projects across Te Tai Tokerau, Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, and Waikato-Waiariki. Utilising a Kaupapa Māori approach, the evaluation involved interviews with 111 whānau, rōpū, housing providers, tradespeople, and stakeholders, along with a survey of 56 grant recipients and a review of relevant documents and data. Key findings underscore the Network’s success in surpassing its Investment Plan 2016-17 targets by increasing affordable housing supply, improving housing quality, contributing to emergency housing projects, and enhancing whānau, hapū, and iwi capabilities within the Māori housing sector. Notably, the Network’s investment was strategically aligned with areas of high housing need and socioeconomic deprivation, excluding Tāmaki Makaurau, where Te Puni Kōkiri collabourates with other government entities. The report concludes that the Network’s efforts have significantly contributed to safer, healthier, and more secure living conditions for Māori, fostering enhanced whānau wellbeing, pride, and connections to whakapapa, whānau, and whenua. This evaluation underscores the critical role of accessible, quality housing in supporting Māori communities’ thriving, despite the ongoing challenges of poor housing conditions, housing deprivation, and the need for social housing and rental assistance among Māori populations.

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