Older Māori: downsizing experiences, outcomes and needs

Author: Fiona Cram
Publication date: 2016
Topics: Demographics and society, Housing, Māori

The Māori case study in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment public good science funded research programme ‘Finding the Best Fit: Housing, Downsizing and Older People in a Changing Society’ research project, with Kay Saville-Smith (Principal Investigator), Center for Research, Evaluation and Social Assessment (CRESA, www.cresa.co.nz).

This case study examined the issue of housing for older Māori, particularly the issue of downsizing or moving into smaller accommodation with anticipated or actual increasing age. The case study of the housing choices of older Māori is part of the ‘Finding the Right Fit: Housing, Downsizing and Older People in a Changing Society’ research programme. “The goal of this research is to encourage New Zealanders to use their housing assets for the wellbeing of all generations now and into the future” (CRESA Research Proposal, 2014). This introduction presents the context for the case study; namely, older Māori and their housing needs and aspirations. First we ask whether the term ‘older Māori’ or ‘kaumātua’ is appropriate. The projected growth of the older Māori population is then described, followed by an overview of home ownership for older Māori. There is then an examination of culturally appropriate housing for Māori, along with the potential barriers to and facilitators of older Māori finding a home place in culturally responsive housing. (From the Introduction, page 1)