Māori Housing Policy Round-up: Election Scorecard

In the lead up to the election, Te Matapihi have taken an in-depth look at each of the different political parties housing policies, with a focus on what these all mean for Māori. So, what works, what doesn’t, and what’s likely to make a difference for Māori? Te Matapihi provides our scorecard comparison.

To recap, in the series we’ve looked at:

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Labour Party

Week 3: Green Party

Week 4: Māori Party

Week 5: New Zealand First

Week 6: National

Given that each of the parties have differing policy focuses and levels of detail, for consistency we started with a brief high-level summary; a table summarising the policies under the sub-headings of availability, affordability, quality and security, and we indicated whether the policy is a supply or demand side solution, and what type of government intervention is being proposed (such as regulation, subsidies or taxation); followed by indepth analysis of 2-4 policies. In completing our analysis we set out to answer two questions – will it work, and will it make a difference for Māori?

For the scorecard comparison, we developed a set of ten priorities:

  1. Ongoing commitment to implementation, monitoring and evaluation of He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tangata – the Māori Housing Strategy, and continuation of the strategy beyond 2025
  2. Appointment of a Minister for Māori Housing
  3. Establishment of a Māori Housing Statutory Unit to promote Māori housing outcomes         
  4. Commitment to continuing and increasing the current appropriations for Māori housing          
  5. Kāinga Whenua (Māori housing finance) reform and a commitment to resolving ongoing bariers to owner development of Māori land, including rating, valuation, landlocked land, paper roads, and public works   
  6. Greater support for kāinga-based economic development opportunities (including infrastructure) alongside housing, particularly in rural and regional areas          
  7. Commitment to providing for high level iwi involvement in any urban planning and urban regeneration legislation (including urban development authorities)           
  8. Support for marae to operate as frontline responders to whānau housing crises
  9. Improve housing quality through a compulsory Housing Warrant of Fitness for all rental properties
  10. Improve security of tenure for renters through residential tenancies reform

We sent our list of priorities to all political parties, and invited them to respond, indicating their position on our ten priority policies (support / do not support / neutral) and any comments. The survey was provided to ensure our analysis is a fair representation of the parties’ positions (and as a final opportunity for them to take a position on any policies that they may not have campaigned on, but which they may be willing to support in an MMP environment). The Māori Party were the only party to respond – understandable at campaign crunch time – you can read their response in full here.





NZ First




Commitment to He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tangata – the Māori Housing Strategy


Māori Housing Minister


Māori Housing Unit


Continuing and increasing the current appropriations for Māori housing


Kāinga Whenua reform and commitment to resolving Māori land issues


Support for kāinga-based economic development and infrastructure alongside housing


High-level iwi involvement in urban planning reform and urban regeneration


Support for marae as frontline responders to homelessness


Housing Warrant of Fitness


Security of tenure for renters through residential tenancies reform or other mechanisms



4 ½  

7 ½

3 ½



At the end of the day, each of the parties have their strengths and weaknesses – and regardless of the scorecard result, all have championed policies that will make a difference for Māori. Whether you want to change the government, or keep the current government, the best way to ensure Māori outcomes are protected is to ensure minor parties with a strong commitment to Māori and Treaty issues are adequately representation under MMP. So get out and vote this election e whānau mā, and make it an informed vote!