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Te Tiriti o Waitangi and housing in Aotearoa.

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Paper presented at the State of Australasian Cities (SOAC), Melbourne Australia, ,

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This presentation at the 2021 State of Australasian Cities Conference, titled Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Housing in Aotearoa, offers an examination of the housing crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand, particularly its impact on the Indigenous Māori population.

This work is a summary of her master’s research project, which seeks to conceptualise a housing strategy anchored in the principles and articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Paul’s research identifies the profound effects of colonisation on Māori, including land dispossession and systemic racial discrimination, which contribute to the current unaffordable housing market and exacerbate the housing crisis for Māori communities. The paper outlines four critical concerns: the dire housing conditions for many Māori, breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi by the Crown, inadequacy of mainstream housing policies to meet Māori needs, and economic settings that limit Māori housing opportunities, especially on Māori land. Paul advocates for housing policy reforms that align with Te Tiriti principles, including scaling up social housing, addressing emergency housing needs, and revising planning and regulatory frameworks to support papakāinga development. Furthermore, the analysis calls for a re-evaluation of economic policies to facilitate Māori homeownership and emphasises the importance of co-investment partnerships between the Crown and Māori. Paul concludes that addressing Māori housing needs is not only a matter of policy reform but also a Treaty issue that requires a strengthened relationship between Māori and the Crown.

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