Placing whānau and Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the heart of what we do is critical to creating a more equitable housing system
We can’t continue to expect different housing outcomes for Māori from a system has failed to put Māori at its centre for too long.
Over the next 30 years, our Māori-Crown partnership will look to make changes to improve the housing outcomes for future generations of Māori, their whānau and their mokopuna.
The WAI2750 Kaupapa inquiry has identified the intergenerational impacts of years of insufficient response to Māori housing issues
The lack of new housing supply, the poor quality of existing Māori housing and the unaffordability for Māori to rent or own their own home is not a new problem, but it’s a problem that has been exacerbated by a worsening housing crisis and the impacts of COVID-19. To effectively address the long-standing challenges in Māori housing, we need to respond, review and reset the system.
Housing solutions for Māori need to be led by Māori
A focus on Māori-led solutions will enable Māori and the Crown to better identify needs at a local level and deliver housing solutions that take a ‘by Māori for Māori’ approach.
Funding programmes, such as Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga, are the way we will get funding out to Māori communities that need it. The MAIHI Partnership Programme aims to make it easy for hapū, iwi and Māori housing providers to find and access all of the support that’s available from different government agencies for Māori-led housing solutions, such as funding for progressive home ownership or to build on Māori whenua.
Māori are the most affected by the housing crisis
Māori have been let down by the housing system for decades. Local solutions for people experiencing homelessness are available to Māori. We work with providers of these services so responses deal with both the physical realities or being without a home, but also to the cultural, emotional and spiritual disconnections from kāinga and whenua.