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Kaupapakāinga: The potential for Māori cohousing.

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Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, ,

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This report investigates the intersection between the traditional Māori concept of papakāinga and the Danish cohousing model, aiming to uncover the potential for a hybrid housing approach that could benefit urban Māori populations in New Zealand.

By exploring the concept of papakāinga as an indigenous way of living connected to ancestral land, and juxtaposing it with the socially oriented, sustainability-focused cohousing model, the paper identifies common aspirations and possibilities for integration. Through a comparative analysis of three case studies – Kāinga Tuatahi in central Auckland, Earthsong Cohousing in West Auckland, and the Hamilton Kaumātua Village – the paper highlights how a kaupapakāinga or Māori cohousing approach could be manifested. This hybrid model, the paper argues, could effectively address the housing needs of urban Māori and those distanced from their ancestral whenua, offering a novel pathway to achieving Māori housing aspirations. The analysis underscores the potential strengths, such as community cohesion and sustainable living practices, while also considering the challenges and limitations of integrating these two distinct housing philosophies. The paper concludes by advocating for kaupapakāinga as a viable model to support the socio-economic and cultural aspirations of Māori communities, particularly in urban settings.

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