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Building sustainable papakāinga to support Māori aspirations for self-determination

This gold medal award winning Ph.D research and architectural practice is focused on indigenous issues, and considers the colonial legacy of segregation and exclusion of Māori from urban centres and the impact of discriminatory legislative policies which have limited economic development and the support of sustainable communities on Māori land.

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Various locations

Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri and Ngati Whatua

Nga Aho practitioner:
Fleur Palmer


Building sustainable papakāinga to support Māori aspirations for self-determination

Building sustainable papakāinga to support Māori aspirations for self-determination. This practice based research investigates conditions which restrict Māori from building sustainable and affordable housing in urban and rural areas, and investigates ways to overcome these restrictions. Access to housing for Māori is associated with a complex history and ongoing process of colonisation, which restricts Māori from owning land and building Māori-centered developments within urban areas, and limits options for development on Māori-owned land in rural regions. This research considers this legacy in three ways: It identifies the segregating influence of colonisation and legislation over land use and its effect on access to housing. It considers the responsiveness of local government in supporting papakāinga development centered on Māori values for an affordable housing development located in Kaitaia. In collaboration with three communities, a series of proposals aimed at overcoming existing restrictions are developed. These visualisations of future development centre on Māori world views and aspirations for self-determination.

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