National Māori Housing Conference - Biennial Event
The National Māori Housing Conference is a Biennial event and is held throughout the regions
The National Māori Housing Conference is a Biennial event and is held throughout the regions. The conference provides an opportunity for the regions to show case their leadership and contribution in the “housing space” context and provides a platform for Māori and stakeholders to share ideas, information, network and to formulate strategies to assist Māori into quality affordable housing.
More than three hundred people from across Aotearoa New Zealand attended the 2016 National Māori Housing Conference hosted by Tauranga Moana for three days from Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October.
‘Collaboration and Strategic Relationships’ was the theme of the conference. Delegates were inspired by the local, regional and international stories of successful housing initiatives and provided valuable feedback to the strategic workshop sessions designed to develop effective strategies to achieve better housing outcomes for Maori.
A tono was received at the conclusion of the conference by Waikato Tainui, with the next conference to be hosted by Waikato in 2018.
E taakiri tuu ana ki ngaa kupu a Kiingi Taawhiao e kii mai ana, ‘Maaku anoo tooku nei whare e hanga’. Nau piki mai! Nau kake mai!
Haere mai raa i runga i te koomuri aroha. Kia rere ngaa mihi a Kiingi Tuheitia, huihuia mai ngaa waka o te Motu. Naa taku pootiki koutou i too mai ai i te tahatuu o te rangi, kukume mai ai, whakatau mai ai. Ka noho mai ki te kupu a te Karapiture, “ki te kore te Atua i roto i te hanganga o te whare, he moumou te whare”. Haere mai e ngaa poupou ki roto i te whare o whakaaro nui!
The prophetic words of King Taawhiao are as relevant today as they were in his time ‘I shall fashion my own house’. This is our home, we bid you welcome.
We join with Kiingi Tuheitia in saying, our people, our river and our mountains are ready to host you. A passage from scripture states ‘in the spirit is not in the building of a house, the house is wasteful’. Come near oh pillars of the house of thoughtful resolve. Come near and rest awhile. For together we can fashion a house of which we will be proud. Paimaarire ki a taatou katoa.