Cultural Adequacy

A decent home meets cultural needs.

Housing has a very important cultural dimension. In Aotearoa New Zealand, which aspires to a dynamic inclusive multiculturalism grounded on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, housing and housing policies must guarantee the expression of cultural identity and diversity. For example, Māori, Pacific people and numerous culturally diverse communities, including refugees and migrants, have models of living that include the extended family (whānau or aiga).   
The national housing system is required to reflect our cultural diversity and Te Tiriti o Waitangi foundations: one model does not suit all. Also, regeneration and other development projects must not sacrifice places of special cultural significance.

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