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The impact of housing policy on Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau.

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This report examines the historical evolution of housing policies affecting the Māori population in Tāmaki Makaurau covering a century-long period from 1920 to 2020.

Through a detailed examination, the authors establish a clear link between governmental housing policies and the access of Māori communities to quality housing, illustrating the profound impact these policies have had on Māori health, social outcomes, and economic status. Broken into 20 year chapters, each covers the policy conditions, demographics, state of housing, and health outcomes. The report identifies several critical periods in which Māori housing conditions experienced significant changes, highlighting the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic’s role in underlining the connection between housing and health, the separate and limited housing policy for Māori from 1935 to the 1950s, and the substantial improvements in housing access and quality from the 1960s to the 1980s due to inclusive state housing policies and Māori urbanisation. However, it also addresses the decline in Māori home ownership and housing quality following the 1980s due to neoliberal policy shifts and reduced government intervention. Through an extensive analysis of policy shifts, demographic changes, and health and social outcomes over time, the report offers a critical perspective on the systemic challenges faced by Māori in securing quality housing in Auckland. The authors conclude that periods of significant improvement in Māori housing and well-being have been directly linked to substantial and sustained state intervention in the housing market, whereas declines have been associated with periods of state non-intervention.

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