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An understanding of the ways of our tūpuna, coupled with the best of new thinking from New Zealand and abroad, has significant potential for sustainable housing models.
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.
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'Ten Moments in Aotearoa Literature 2019', Pantograph Punch, 21 November 2019.
'BWB Texts - promoting truly long form journalism', Jeremy Rose, Mediawatch on RNZ, 16 October 2019.
'Rebuilding the kāinga', Jade Kake interviewed by Bryan Crump, Nights on RNZ, 16 October 2019 (audio, 18'57'').
'The future of papakāinga: there’s no place like home', Jade Kake, The Spinoff, 11 October 2019.
'Rebuilding the Kāinga: Architect Jade Kake on the struggles to develop Māori land', John-Michael Swannix, Newshub Nation, 6 October 2019 (includes video, 6'06'').
'The future of papakāinga: there’s no place like home', Dale Husband, e-Tangata, 6 October 2019.
'Books to Look Out for in 2019', Hannah Newport-Watson, Pantograph Punch, 5 February 2019.
'What would the future and political systems look like ‘if we were to take our Treaty partnership seriously’ and if we were to share power and authority, rather than assuming Māori tikanga was only relevant to a proportion of the total population? The future is already throwing us some major problems, such as global climate change and now a pandemic that is changing our modes of interaction. It will be a challenge to remain calm and focus on what has already worked—such as organising people and resources around hapū, whānau and kainga—and on what still may be the long-term solution.'
– Gerry Te Kapa Coates Landfall Review Online, 1 June 2020.
'BWB continues to lead the way in publishing topical and timely non-fiction books ... Rebuilding the Kāinga by Jade Kake is a one-stop-shop for those interested in taking their whenua Māori and putting something on it, affordable housing for whānau, hapū and iwi. Kake goes right back to the initial confiscation of Māori-land and then flings us into the future (the present-future), which is Indigenous-led housing projects.'
– Ataria Sharman and Hannah Newport-Watson, Pantograph Punch, 21 December 2019.