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Tackling homelessness through marae-led care.

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Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, ,

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This research explores the significant role of Te Puea Memorial Marae in addressing Auckland's housing crisis through a kaupapa Māori-led approach.

In response to the acute homelessness issue in 2016, the marae opened its doors to provide emergency housing, support, and services to vulnerable families, challenging the government’s reluctance to acknowledge the crisis. Led by co-principal investigators Rau Hoskins and Jenny Lee-Morgan, the project, “Te Manaaki o te Marae,” investigates how marae can offer culturally grounded emergency and transitional housing solutions within urban settings. The research underscores marae as pivotal to Māori community life, offering not only physical shelter but also cultural, social, and spiritual support. The team’s work includes developing housing typologies informed by engagement with Te Puea Memorial Marae and other partner marae, aiming to showcase marae’s potential to extend their cultural influence and provide sustainable housing solutions for Māori in urban areas. This study highlights the innovative, indigenous intervention marae can offer in the face of housing challenges, emphasisingthe added value of marae-led initiatives as sources of resilience and cultural continuity for Māori whānau in Auckland.

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