Me mahi tahi tatou,  te oranga o te katoa

We should work together for the benefit of everyone 

What Wai 2750 is about

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Māori Affairs Housing, Auckland. 21 Kelston Street, New Lynn.

 

The Wai 2750 inquiry will hear claims from Māori who have been affected by housing policy and services. Many of the claims raise issues about housing that have been brought on behalf of whānau, hapū and iwi from across the motu.

Claims 

The claims are based upon the Crown’s alleged actions relating to an inadequate standard of rural and urban housing for Māori, and the Crown’s delivery of state services, programmes and support enabling Māori access to adequate housing.  

Four broad themes have been identified by the Tribunal for the Housing Inquiry: 

  • housing policy, practice and regulation of the housing market 
  • social housing: the provision of ‘public housing’ by the government (central and/or local) 
  • use and development of Māori land for housing 
  • relationship between poor physical and mental health (and other socio-economic factors) and housing. 

Tribunal

The Waitangi Tribunal panel is led by Presiding Officer, Judge Craig Tamihana Coxhead and includes Prue Kapua, Dr Paul Hamer and Basil Morrison.  The Tribunal will hear evidence from claimants and the Crown about housing policy and services and the impact these have had, and continue to have, on Māori.

See a record of the Inquiry as at 22 July 2022.

Read evidence submitted to the Inquiry by claimants and the Crown.(external link)

See tips to help you navigate the Waitangi Tribunal website(external link).


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Māori houses at Pakuranga, Auckland, built from a plan of the Department of Māori Affairs. 

How we lead

The Co-Lead Ministers for the Kaupapa inquiry into Housing Policy and Services (Wai 2750)  are Hon Dr Megan Woods (Minister for Housing) and Hon Peeni Henare (Associate Minister) Māori Housing.

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kainga coordinates and leads the Crown’s response to Wai 2750, working with Crown Law. The Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation Framework for Action Plan (MAIHI) guides our approach to the Inquiry.

We have a dedicated Wai 2750 team leading Treaty-anchored analysis and supporting the Crown agencies involved in housing for a collective and dedicated approach.

We use MAIHI to:

  • take a system-wide approach to participation in the Inquiry
  • review claimant issues
  • respond to the claimants’ evidence
  • seek to work in partnership with Māori towards a long-term reset of the housing system.

Find out more about MAIHI on our MAIHI and Māori housing page.

Research to support Wai 2750

Research is critical to the outcome of Wai 2750. It ensures there is a strong evidence base on both the issues raised by the claimants and the solutions needed to reset the housing system in partnership with Māori.

 Read the research.

ARA - Our pathway

There are many pathways to a resolution, and the analogy we have chosen is the pathway to the principle home of Māori, to the Whare wānanga, where Māori meet the Crown to have meaningful dialogue, to work together and seek understanding and agreement for actions.  

The ara or pathway is wide at the start and the invitation for the Crown to participate comes from Māori (claimants).  As we work our way down this pathway we come closer together in our understanding towards building relationships and partnerships for better outcomes.

For the Crown’s journey along the ara, we intend to:

  • accept the housing history of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • show respect in our engagement including to that of claimant needs
  • acknowledge the failings and propose changes for better outcomes.

Te Mauri o Te Whānau

Te Mauri o Te Whānau centres our collective focus and outcome on the wellbeing of the whānau and is at the heart of MAIHI and the Crown’s review of the current system, our response to better housing outcomes for Māori and how we reset the practice in partnership.

The Crown recognises tino rangatiratanga for all claimants and those they represent.

The Wai 2750 Inquiry is an opportunity to strengthen Māori-Crown relationships so, together, we can provide long-term housing solutions with the intent to reset the housing system.

Get in touch with the Wai 2750 team

If you have any questions about Wai 2750, contact us at wai_2750@hud.govt.nz.