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The housing circumstances of the Maori people and the work of the Housing Corporation in meeting their needs.

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Housing Corporation of New Zealand, ,

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Bathgate’s report for the Housing Corporation provides a wide range of demographic data on the Māori housing situation as well as the policies and track record of the Corporation.

The report notes the decline in Māori homeownership rates from 1951 to 1981 and the widening gap between Māori and non-Māori. As it outlines, in 1951, 54 percent of Māori owned their own home. By 1981 the proportion of Māori homeowners had dropped to 45 percent compared with non-Māori whose home ownership rates rose between 1976 and 1981 from 70.8 percent to 72.9 percent. The report also notes that home ownership among rural Māori has tended to be higher than Māori living in urban environments. Bathgate also links the urbanisation of Māori in the 50s and 60s with their current low levels of homeownership. The report also highlights the role of racism in Māori housing outcomes, finding that private sector landlords held negative views of Māori tenants, with 40 percent of landlords giving special treatment to Pākehā and intentionally deterring prospective Māori and Pacific Island tenants.

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