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Papakāinga Whare Uku and the sustainable re-occupation of whenua

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In Cram, F., Hutchings, J., & Smith, J. (Eds.), Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua: Māori housing realities and aspirations. Bridget Williams Books., , 151-163

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This chapter details a project to build a papakāinga of whare uku, or rammed earth homes, on the ancestral whenua of Reuben Taipari.

The aims of the project are to occupy their whenua in long lasting, high quality homes that are capable of sustaining the wellbeing of both whānau and whenua in the future. The chapter outlines the design process of the whare uku as well as the underlying Kaupapa-driven approaches to the project. As the author notes, the project was guided by tikanga, kotahitanga, and kaitiakitanga. This resulted in the homes being double glazed, solar powered, chemical free, gravity rainwater fed, exposed plumbing and power, and using a worm based sewerage treatment. Papakainga, the chapter concludes, are a holistic model of wellbeing that are not just about shelter but also reconnecting to the land, whānau, and community.

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