Colonial settlement and the discriminatory policies of successive governments have challenged Māori connections to whenua and kāinga. Today, home ownership rates for Māori are well below the national average and Māori are over-represented in the statistics of substandard housing.
Rebuilding the Kāinga charts the recent resurgence of contemporary papakāinga on whenua Māori. Reframing Māori housing as a Treaty issue, Kake envisions a future where Māori are supported to build businesses and affordable homes on whānau, hapū or Treaty settlement lands. The implications of this approach, Kake writes, are transformative.
About the author
Jade Kake - Ngāpuhi (Ngāti Hau me Te Parawhau), Te Whakatōhea, Te Arawa, BArchDes, GradCertDigDes, MArch(Prof) - is an architectural designer, housing advocate and researcher. She has experience working directly with Māori land trusts and other Māori organisations to realise their aspirations, particularly around papakāinga housing and marae development, and in working with mana whenua groups to express their cultural values and narratives through the design of their physical environments. Jade is fortunate to live within her home area of Whangarei, where she is leading several projects to support the re-establishment and development of papakāinga communities. In 2019, she will hold a writers’ residency at the Michael King Writers Centre.