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Te Moemoeā: The Dream. He kāinga pai rawa: A really good home. Think piece one. Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities.

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This think piece aims to advance knowledge and add to discussions in the area of culturally responsive, secure, affordable, and healthy housing for kaumātua.

The paper tells the beginning story of Moa Crescent Kaumātua Village, Kirikiriroa Hamilton, which started in the early 2000s when two community organisations first shared their concerns about the plight of kaumātua wellbeing in relation to housing. These organisations were Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa and Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust. The overarching question for the project is: What factors made Moa Crescent Kaumātua Village a success? This paper explores the recollections of ngā kaiwhatu moemoeā. As the authors note in the conclusion, the think piece found in the stories they gathered, that the seeds of potential for kaumātua housing are formed in the vision of those on the ground working in the field; in the connections and relationships of their communities and networks; and in the wairua of commitment to co-visioning with kaumātua, and honouring kaumātua as kaumātua. The commitment to kaumātua meant Moa Crescent Kaumātua Village was envisioned with kaumātua, rather than for kaumātua. Ngā kaiwhatu moemoeā not only consulted kaumātua, they ensured kaumātua were part of the collaborative relationship.

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