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Maori housing network.

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Parity, 32(10), 61-62

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This article outlines the efforts and achievements of the Māori Housing Network, established by Te Puni Kōkiri in October 2015, to address the housing aspirations of many whānau across Aotearoa New Zealand.

By investing more than $110 million over four years, the network has supported nearly 400 individuals and whānau groups in various housing-related projects, including new home constructions, feasibility studies for papakāinga developments, critical housing repairs, and financial capability courses aimed at homeownership. The Māori Housing Network’s approach is characterised by a focus on improving the quality of homes, supporting the development of papakāinga on Māori land, and building the capability of whānau, hapū, iwi, and rōpū to progress their housing aspirations. The network operates through a whānau-centred approach, managing investments through 18 regional offices supported by a small team in Wellington. The paper highlights the significant disparities in housing outcomes for Māori compared to the general population, including higher rates of health conditions associated with poor housing and a decline in homeownership rates among Māori adults. It acknowledges the historical challenges faced by Māori in securing adequate housing, especially on Māori land, and the need for better coordination of government support. The establishment of the Māori Housing Network is presented as a response to these challenges, offering practical assistance and resources to improve housing outcomes for Māori families. The success of the Māori Housing Network is attributed to its comprehensive support for community-led housing repairs and papakāinga development, alongside capacity-building initiatives that empower Māori communities to achieve their housing goals. Through its investment and support, the network has facilitated critical repairs for nearly 1,000 whānau-owned homes and supported the development of affordable rental homes on Māori land, promoting a strong sense of community and cultural identity. This article underscores the importance of government investment and support in achieving sustainable housing solutions that are rooted in Māori values and aspirations, setting a precedent for addressing housing disparities and fostering community well-being.

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