Community Development Conference 2017

Te Matapihi Board Member Dr. Fiona Te Momo has been announced as a presenter at the upcoming Community Development Conference 2017, to be held at UNITEC Institute of Technology 15-17 February.

Dr Te Momo holds a Doctorate of Philosophy, Master in Māori and Pacific Development with Honours, a Postgraduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management, Bachelor of Arts, and a Certificate in Māori Studies from the University of Waikato.  She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Māori Arts, Knowledge, and Education in the College of Humanities and Social Science at Massey University.  She lectures in Whānau Development, Whānau Interventions, Whānau Forms and Functions, Māori Development, Social Services, Community Development, Social Policy and the Political Economy, and Social Research.

Fiona will be presenting on "Māori Social Development: Rethinking Sustainable Housing Solutions for Whānau."

Community development and Māori development theories continue to complement each other. Both theories reinforce the significance to implementing processes where the members come together to address the common problems emerging in communities. Through this unity collective action is embraced to generate solutions to community problems.
The housing crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand that dominated the media headlines in 2015 and 2016 is an example of a community problem. The images of homeless whānau living in cars displayed across the television and internet brought the social problems of those families living in poverty into the homes of all citizens. It led to government fast-tracking short-term social housing policies that will leave whānau who were recipients with oppressing financial debts. The long-term impact on whānau from these social policies will be devastating and produce children growing up in life-long poverty. However, by rethinking Māori social development, and government working alongside whānau, hapū, and iwi the impacts of the housing crisis can be eased over time and workable solutions developed.
This presentation will discuss ways Māori social development theory can provide practical tools to assist whānau to improve their housing situation and address the oppressive financial debts government has placed upon them.

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