Exploring the factors affecting Māori home ownership

Whitehead, Jay; Walker, Grace

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

By 2040, 25% of people living in Aotearoa New Zealand will be aged 65-years and over. The He Kāinga Pai Rawa project aimed to find out what made Moa Crescent Kaumātua Village in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, a healthy housing community for Kaumātua. The result was this toolkit designed for anyone working with urban, rural, marae and other communities, who aspires to co-design and build culture-centred Kaumātua housing and communities. There are eight steps for people to work together on the kaupapa at hand. Each step offers a guiding whakatauki, Mātāpono/ Value Statement, a Kia hihiritia/Checklist, and tools, tips, and templates. The steps are ordered to build on a foundation of success with each one. Most important is to work together, holding hui to talk things through, and involving all who will contribute and support your group for the long-haul. Keeping Kaumātua front and centre throughout the journey will ensure clarity of focus and help achieve a successful outcome.

Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Housing, Māori housing, wellbeing, cohort study, Māori economy, homeownership, housing insecurity

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Māori housing; Housing insecurity; Mental Health and Wellbeing


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha

Journal Paper

Citation – Kupu Hautoa

Whitehead, J. & Walker, G. (2021). Exploring the factors affecting Māori home ownership. New Zealand Population Review, 47, 262–304. Special Edition: Housing at the heart of place, people and population.