Case study: Māori housing movements in Progressive Thinking: Ten Perspectives on Housing


Abstract: The papakāinga movement has been fundamental to Māori asserting their right to reoccupy their whenua and live as Māori. At the simplest level, papakāinga are settlements built on land that the people living there are related to. Recognising the need for housing to provide more than just an individual roof, papakāinga are built on a philosophy of values: manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, wairuatanga, whanaungatanga. Values that - if enacted - could position Aotearoa as a world leader in community housing.

Progressive thinking: ten perspectives on housing is a sister publication to the booklet Ten perspectives on tax published by PSA in May of this year.  It’s a collection of journalistic essays examining the housing crisis from ten leading New Zealand authors, academics and campaigners.

Over the ten chapters, and one case study, our contributors consider everything from land and building costs to the inter-generational effects of the tax system on New Zealand’s housing markets; from renters’ rights and the housing needs of people with disabilities to the role of the state and local government in solving the problem.