Te Moemoeā: The Dream

Reddy, Rangimahora; Simpson, Mary; Wilson, Yvonne; Nock, Sophie; Johnston, Kirsten

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

Think Piece One: This first report in a series of three discusses culturally responsive, secure, affordable, and healthy housing for kaumātua. It tells the beginning story of Moa Crescent Kaumātua Village, Kirikiriroa Hamilton, which started in the early 2000s. The researchers ask: what could we learn from the stories of ‘ngā kaiwhatu moemoeā’ (visionaries) about the seeds of potential for kaumātua housing? These seeds 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 and honouring kaumātua. Ngā kaiwhatu moemoeā had a vision to develop new affordable kaumātua housing that would help meet current and future demand. Most critically, they envisioned a new model of working, a new model of urban community for kaumātua, and a new approach to developing housing that would meet increasing demand for culturally safe, affordable housing which put kaumātua at the centre.

Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

News: Kaumātua launch Māori-designed cookie cutters

1 December 2020: The Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust (RKCT), a research partner of Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, has been investigating social enterprise initiatives that kaumātua and kuia in the village at Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) can launch to support not only their own ‘he kāinga pai rawa’ journeys and quality of life, but also strenthen their ties with the wider community and support the ongoing hauora and wellbeing of the village community. >> Read More.

News: Minister opens stage 1 of kaumātua building upgrade

10 March 2020: Minister Nanaia Mahuta cut the ribbon to reveal stage 1 of Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust’s age-friendly facility upgrade on 31 January. It has taken three years to complete the first stage of Te Puna o Te Ora’s much-needed improvements but the Hamilton Kaumātua service provider now boasts a new and improved health wing. >> Read More.

Podcast: Housing Kaumatua

21 June 2019: This podcast sees Desna Whaanga Schollum and Becky Kiddle travel to Rauawaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust to talk with the CEO, Rangimahora Reddy, and the Project Manager for Housing at Ngā Rau Tātangi Māori Housing Foundation, Yvonne Wilson, about their kaumatua housing developments and the research work they’ve been undertaking evaluating the housing programme. We also got to speak with three kaumatua, Patihana Takuira-Mita, Clark Takiari, and Daisy Haimona Upokomanu – all living in housing as part of these developments – to ask what they thought of their new whare.

News: Intergenerational kaumātua village helps Kirikiriroa achieve age-friendly status

20 August 2018: An iwi-led housing project designed to ensure kaumātua of Kirikiriroa are safe, secure and well cared for is being recognised for its role in helping Hamilton become New Zealand’s first age-friendly city. >> Read More.

Other reports in this series
Reddy, R., Simpson, M., Wilson, Y., Nock, S. & Johnston, K. (2019). Kia tūtuki te moemoeā: The road to making the dream/vision a reality. He kāinga pai rawa: A really good home. Think piece two. 20pgs. Wellington: BBHTC

Reddy, R., Simpson, M., Wilson, Y., Nock, S. & Johnston, K. (2019). Te ao mārama – Kua ea te moemoeā: Achievement of the dream/vision. He kāinga pai rawa: A really good home. Think piece three. 16pgs. Wellington: BBHTC

Reddy, R., Simpson, M., Wilson, Y. & Nock, S. (2019). He kāinga pai rawa atu mō ngā kaumātua: He keteparaha tēnei mō te whare kaumātua – A really good home for our kaumātua: A toolkit for kaumātua housing. 29pgs. Wellington: BBHTC

Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Māori housing, wellbeing, Māori, kaumātua housing, housing security, ageing, papakāinga

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Māori; Housing and the Built Environment; Mental Health and Wellbeing; Age and Ageing


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha


Citation – Kupu Hautoa

Reddy, R., Simpson, M., Wilson, Y., Nock, S. & Johnston, K. (2019). Te Moemoeā: The Dream. He kāinga pai rawa: A really good home. Think piece one. 20pgs. Wellington: BBHTC