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Mana Kāinga Project aims to empower Māori communities in the housing sector

Empowering Māori communities with the knowledge and skill to navigate the complexities of the housing sector is at the heart of the ‘Mana Kāinga’ Project.

New Zealand’s first-ever training and accreditation programme established to support Māori practitioners will address the underlying issues keeping Māori communities in deprivation across the housing sector.

Ngā Wai ā Te Tūī has teamed up with the independent Māori voice in the housing sector Te Matapihi to develop a new National Māori Housing Curriculum to advance capability.

Director of Ngā Wai a Te Tūī, Professor Jenny Lee Morgan says, “There is a severe shortage of capacity and capability within the Māori Housing Sector required to navigate the contemporary complexities, achieve high-level policy outcomes, and participate in fundamental strategic engagements for Māori. This shortage exists across the housing continuum, and in our view is one of the key factors contributing to increasing housing deprivation”.

Te Matapihi Chair and world-renowned architect Te Rau Hoskins says,“Weaving together the multiple strands of Māori housing knowledge to form a cohesive curriculum and making this available to Māori community navigators through uniquely Māori delivery modes is the overarching goal”.

Key practitioners will be invited to participate in the accreditation process and all modules will be practical, and hands on, encouraging direct pathway planning to influence direct and immediate change within individual regional contexts.

The programme will arm communities with the knowledge needed to address severe housing deprivation, homelessness, social housing, affordable rental, ownership, and papakāinga development.

Tammy Tauroa, Project lead on behalf of the partnering organisations believes, “The ultimate reach is a vision to create ample Māori capability within the housing sector and supporting the advancement of Māori outcomes across the housing continuum using the innovation required to provide strategic step change and impact systemically across multiple housing domains”.

The Ministry of Business and Innovation is funding the Project through its Punaha Hihiko Mātauranga Fund which will lead partnerships with key networks, professional associations, and agencies to provide Professional Development opportunities with education and research institutions.

The Mana Kāinga project will officially launch on Friday 24 July at Unitec’s Mt Albert campus.


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