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Māori and housing in Tāmaki Makaurau: A stocktake of issues, experiences and initiatives.

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This report explores the housing crisis in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, focusing on the challenges faced by the Māori community.

It highlights the significant undersupply of housing, soaring house prices, and the scarcity of affordable homes, impacting home ownership and contributing to growing inequality. The document presents a stocktake of issues, experiences, and initiatives relevant to Māori housing in the region. Notable findings include the higher rates of household crowding among Māori, lower home ownership rates, and instability due to increased renting. The report also addresses socio-economic improvements among Māori, yet acknowledges the persisting income gap between European/Pākehā and Māori groups. The impacts of poverty on Māori are explored, encompassing aspects like educational challenges, stigma, physical hardship, and inadequate housing. Furthermore, the report examines the broader societal structures, including historical and contemporary factors, that contribute to the disadvantaged position of Māori in the housing market. These include low wage growth, a lack of affordable housing, and effects of colonisation leading to loss of iwi equity and identity. The document suggests further research on existing housing initiatives for a more comprehensive understanding of the situation.
This report offers an in-depth analysis of the socio-economic factors contributing to housing challenges for Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau, reflecting broader national trends in New Zealand. It underscores the need for culturally sensitive housing policies and initiatives that address the unique needs and historical context of the Māori community. The report provides insight into the intersection of housing with broader societal issues like poverty, education, and the effects of colonisation on indigenous populations in New Zealand.

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