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Reflections on kaumātua, pakeke and seniors’ housing: Building robust solutions with research.

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Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, ,

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This publication synthesises interviews with researchers involved in the Affordable Housing for Generations programme alongside other experts in the field of housing, community dynamics, and aging populations.

It presents a critical examination of the current and future state of housing for the aging population in Aotearoa New Zealand, where it’s projected that over one million residents will be over the age of 65 in the next 40 years. Despite longer and healthier lives, the report underscores a misalignment between living conditions and systemic support for seniors, particularly in housing. With an increase in senior renters, homelessness, and housing instability, the urgency for systemic reform is evident. The publication lays out the systemic challenges faced, emphasises the importance of secure tenure, and explores innovative housing models like co-operatives and cohousing to promote intergenerational living. Special attention is given to the cultural needs and isolation experienced by kaumātua, with case studies from Ruātoki Valley and Kirikiriroa providing practical examples of how housing solutions can foster connection and support the home ownership and wellbeing of Māori whānau. This work advocates for immediate, solution-oriented approaches to reshape housing policies and practices to better serve Aotearoa’s aging population.

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