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Poipoia te kākano, kia puāwai : Nurturing the seed of community-based Māori housing research.

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Scope: Kaupapa Kai Tahu, 6, 22-32

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This paper explores the challenges and solutions in Māori housing through the lens of Kaupapa Māori research, emphasising community-based approaches and the importance of nurturing local research capacity.

It details the journey of four housing research projects funded under the Poipoia te kākano, kia puāwai programme, aimed at fostering Māori-led housing solutions. These projects encompass a broad range of focuses, from the aspirations of young Māori mothers to ecological restoration and wetland development as part of housing initiatives. The paper provides insights into community-based Māori housing research, underscoring the need for and benefits of indigenous-led approaches to address housing challenges. It highlights the successful application of Kaupapa Māori research methodologies to engage local communities in housing solutions, reflecting a deep commitment to Māori sovereignty, knowledge, and ways of being. The projects covered in the study illustrate the diverse and innovative strategies Māori communities employ to reclaim their connection to the land, develop sustainable housing solutions, and foster intergenerational engagement and learning. Through these initiatives, the research not only contributes to the academic discourse on indigenous housing and community development but also offers practical, culturally grounded solutions to the housing crisis facing Māori. The emphasis on co-creation, local capacity building, and the integration of Māori epistemologies and methodologies makes this study a valuable resource for researchers, policymakers, and community organisers looking to support indigenous housing initiatives. It exemplifies the potential for indigenous knowledge and leadership to transform housing research and policy in ways that are holistic, sustainable, and aligned with the aspirations of Māori communities. As the authors conclude, the common thread connecting the research projects developed during the co-creation phase in Poipoia te kākano, kia puāwai is Kāinga Tahi; that is, research about the places people originate from and still call their home. They argue that enabling home people to do this research with and for themselves extends and embeds Kaupapa Māori research back into communities as a source of nourishment for a vital and sustainable Māori future.

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