National Māori Housing Conference - Biennial Event
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.
The fifth biennial National Māori Housing Conference 2018 was hosted by Waikato-Tainui and held across two venues; Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngāruawāhia and the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton.
The prophetic words of King Tāwhiao provided the theme of the Conference: Māku anoo e hanga i tōku nei whare. Ko ngā pou oo roto he māhoe, he patētē. Ko te tāhūhū, he hīnau. Me whakatupu ki te hua o te rengarenga. Me whakapakari ki te hua o te kawariki.// I myself shall build my house. The ridge pole will be of hīnau and the supporting posts of māhoe and patētē. Raise the people with the fruit of the rengarenga, strengthened with the fruits of the kawariki.
More than 400 delegates from all over Aotearoa met from the 13th to 15th November to share ideas, good practices; and to create and strengthen relationships.
The Conference was a platform for exchange, built on the understanding that a forward focused view is key towards improving Māori housing outcomes. Tangata whenua, Ministers, Government officials, and representatives from regional, community and the private sector came together to add strategic value to the Māori housing sector.
Within the Conference two forums and three parallel workshop sessions on papakāinga development, community and emergency housing, and quality of housing for Māori communities enriched the programme. Participants also had the option to visit papakāinga and social housing developments.
A tono was received at the conclusion of the conference by Ngāti Kahungunu, with the next conference to be hosted by Ngāti Kahungunu in 2020.
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.