Home on wheels part of housing solutions for young Maori

Maia Ratana

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

If you’re a young Maori looking to own your own home, imagine one on wheels with bedrooms and an upstairs, no money owed on it and little of the hassle of a consents process. Maia Ratana has done just that. She’s part of a group of three researchers who make up the rangatahi ahu for Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua – the flagship Māori housing research programme for the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities.  

Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

Paul, J. (2018). 2018 Youth Assembly at the United Nations. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Urban Wellbeing: Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods, 16pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.

Paul, J. (2022). A critical review of Rangatahi Māori and housing policy. Working Paper for Urban intergenerational Kāinga Innovations (UIKI) research programme. October 2022, 24pgs. Auckland: BBHTC.

Other reports associated with this research


Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Rangatahi, tiny home, housing, Māori, research

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Socio-economic, architecture


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha

Radio interview – In the media/podcast