Video: Rebuilding the Kāinga: Lesson from Te Ao Hurihuri

We held a seminar with speaker Jade Kake. At a time when Māori are disproportionately affected by New Zealand’s housing crisis does papakāinga housing development offer a culturally and financially sustainable solution? See the video.

Rebuilding the Kāinga: Lesson from Te Ao Hurihuri

Jade Kake’s forthcoming book, Rebuilding the Kāinga (BWB Texts), charts the resurgence of contemporary papakāinga on whenua Māori over the last three decades. In this talk, she will describe the current social and political context, reflect on the relevance of Indigenous economies in the post- Treaty of Waitangi settlement era, and put forward the central idea of rebuilding our kāinga – our villages – as the primary unit for economic and political activity. Jade will discuss some of the unique tenure and finance constraints for Māori . She will draw on innovative local and international models to sketch out a vision where Māori are supported to build affordable homes and businesses on whānau, hapū or Treaty settlement lands and she will describe the policy direction needed to make this a reality.

Presentation: Jade Kake, Rebuilding the Kāinga: Lesson from Te Ao Hurihuri, pdf


Jade Kake (Ngāpuhi – Te Parawhau me Ngāti Hau, Te Arawa, Whakatōhea) is an architectural designer, writer and housing advocate based in Whangārei. Her design practice is focussed on working with Māori organisations on their marae, papakāinga and civic projects, and in working with mana whenua groups to express their cultural values and narratives through urban design. She has written for a variety of housing and architecture magazines and contributed chapters to several books on architecture and urbanism. Rebuilding the Kāinga will be her first book. 

This seminar was held on Wednesday 24 July 2019 at City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington.

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