He kāinga pai rawa atu mō ngā kaumātua: He keteparaha tēnei mō te whare kaumātua – A really good home for our kaumātua: A toolkit for kaumātua housing

Reddy, Rangimahora; Wilson, Yvonne; Simpson, Mary; Nock, Sophie

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

By 2040, 25% of people living in Aotearoa New Zealand will be aged 65-years and over. The He Kāinga Pai Rawa project aimed to find out what made Moa Crescent Kaumātua Village in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, a healthy housing community for Kaumātua. The result was this toolkit designed for anyone working with urban, rural, marae and other communities, who aspires to co-design and build culture-centred Kaumātua housing and communities. There are eight steps for people to work together on the kaupapa at hand. Each step offers a guiding whakatauki, Mātāpono/ Value Statement, a Kia hihiritia/Checklist, and tools, tips, and templates. The steps are ordered to build on a foundation of success with each one. Most important is to work together, holding hui to talk things through, and involving all who will contribute and support your group for the long-haul. Keeping Kaumātua front and centre throughout the journey will ensure clarity of focus and help achieve a successful outcome.

Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

News: Kaumātua launch Māori-designed cookie cutters

1 December 2020: The Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust (RKCT), a research partner of Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, has been investigating social enterprise initiatives that kaumātua and kuia in the village at Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) can launch to support not only their own ‘he kāinga pai rawa’ journeys and quality of life, but also strenthen their ties with the wider community and support the ongoing hauora and wellbeing of the village community. >> Read More.

News: Minister opens stage 1 of kaumātua building upgrade

10 March 2020: Minister Nanaia Mahuta cut the ribbon to reveal stage 1 of Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust’s age-friendly facility upgrade on 31 January. It has taken three years to complete the first stage of Te Puna o Te Ora’s much-needed improvements but the Hamilton Kaumātua service provider now boasts a new and improved health wing. >> Read More.

Podcast: Housing Kaumatua

21 June 2019: This podcast sees Desna Whaanga Schollum and Becky Kiddle travel to Rauawaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust to talk with the CEO, Rangimahora Reddy, and the Project Manager for Housing at Ngā Rau Tātangi Māori Housing Foundation, Yvonne Wilson, about their kaumatua housing developments and the research work they’ve been undertaking evaluating the housing programme. We also got to speak with three kaumatua, Patihana Takuira-Mita, Clark Takiari, and Daisy Haimona Upokomanu – all living in housing as part of these developments – to ask what they thought of their new whare.

News: Intergenerational kaumātua village helps Kirikiriroa achieve age-friendly status

20 August 2018: An iwi-led housing project designed to ensure kaumātua of Kirikiriroa are safe, secure and well cared for is being recognised for its role in helping Hamilton become New Zealand’s first age-friendly city. >> Read More.

Other reports in this series

Reddy, R., Simpson, M., Wilson, Y., Nock, S. & Johnston, K. (2019). Te Moemoeā: The Dream. He kāinga pai rawa: A really good home. Think piece one. 20pgs. Wellington: BBHTC

Reddy, R., Simpson, M., Wilson, Y., Nock, S. & Johnston, K. (2019). Kia tūtuki te moemoeā: The road to making the dream/vision a reality. He kāinga pai rawa: A really good home. Think piece two. 20pgs. Wellington: BBHTC

Reddy, R., Simpson, M., Wilson, Y., Nock, S. & Johnston, K. (2019). Te ao mārama – Kua ea te moemoeā: Achievement of the dream/vision. He kāinga pai rawa: A really good home. Think piece three. 16pgs. Wellington: BBHTC

Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Housing, Māori housing, wellbeing, Māori, kaumātua housing, housing security, ageing

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Māori; Housing and the Built Environment; Mental Health and Wellbeing; Age and Ageing


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha