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Focus area 4: Invest in and support Māori to meet their specific housing aspirations

​Rohe arotahinga 4: Whakangao me te tautoko i ngā Māori ki te whakatutuki i o rātou manako whiwhi whare

​Like all Aucklanders, Māori want to live in warm and secure homes. Māori want their homes to support the way they live and the activities they associate with a prosperous quality of life, especially culture, education and employment. Connectivity in terms of transport and technology are equally as important.

Having options for papakāinga or whānau-oriented housing that reflect te ao Māori, and support the ability to extend manaakitanga and strengthen whanaungatanga, is important.

 A sketch showing a vibrant Auckland with a strong Māori identity.  It includes a waka in the Auckland harbour.

Many Māori in Auckland live in homes that do not meet these aspirations. Housing choices can be limited by:

  • access to employment and income
  • access to savings and intergenerational equity
  • not being able to access services, support, and bank lending on an equitable basis
  • planning and regulatory barriers.

How this can be done

Māori have experienced particular housing stresses over many years. Housing-related services therefore need to be responsive and innovative in meeting Māori needs.

Ways to address this could include:

  • improved integration of strategies, services, funding and products that support Māori housing needs and aspirations across all sectors
  • focused policy settings that identify and respond to Māori housing needs at the local level
  • ensuring Māori have access to affordable housing initiatives to promote community health, whānau stability and Māori social wellbeing
  • leveraging off the work that the community and the Māori housing sector is already doing to create increased options and opportunities for housing for Māori
  • ensuring regulatory and consenting processes are effective and responsive to Māori developers and iwi organisations
  • tapping into the potential of Māori commercial enterprises from across New Zealand, some of which are already playing a key role in delivering housing
  • aligning planning and housing development initiatives in Tāmaki Makaurau with MAIHI Ka Ora the National Māori Housing Strategy.

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