Homes for thriving Māori and Pacific communities

Our research supports Māori and Pacific whānau to live in healthy, sustainable and affordable homes. MĀPIHI co-creates research with hapū, iwi, communities, NGOs, local and central government agencies, practices and other research entities. Together we create the knowledge, design and construction techniques, workforce and policy advice needed for transformational change in housing quality and supply. We have expertise in every part of the housing and community building cycle and its relationship to wellbeing through our research programmes in whenua, hanga, kāinga and hauora.

housing and community building cycle diagram

Our team of Māori and Pacific researchers from across the University of Auckland has a wide range of expertise and is committed to housing equity for Māori and Pacific communities.

Mapihi team

Back row, left to right:

Dr Sam Manuela (Manihiki, Atiu, Rarotonga; Psychology)

Dr Kilisimasi Latu (Tonga; Engineering)

Dr ‘Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki (Tonga, Education and Social Work)

Associate Professor Vili Nosa (Avatele, Hakupu, Niue; Pacific Health, Medical and Health Sciences)

Dr Charmaine ‘Ilaiū Talei (Tatakamōtonga, Houma, Tonga; Architecture)

Dr Tumanako Ngawhika Fa’aui (Fasi Moe Afi ‘A Tungī, Tonga; Ngāti Uenukukopako, Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi, Te Arawa; Civil Engineering)

Dr Michael Davis (Samoa; Architecture)

Front row L-R:

Peseta Fa’amatuainu To’oto’oolea’ava Lama Tone (Fasito’o Uta, Lufilufi: Upolu, Pu’apu’a, Sāvai’I, Samoa; Architecture)

Professor Deidre Brown (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu; Architecture; MĀPIHI Director)

Dr Karamia Müller (Lalumanu, Samoa; Architecture; MĀPIHI Director)

Professor Anthony Hoete (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Rānana; Architecture)

Lena Henry (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Te Rarawa; Urban Planning)

Other members:

Associate Professor Claire Charters (Ngāti Whakaue, Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi and Tainui; Law)

Dr Shiloh Groot (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Uenukukopako; Psychology)

Dr Sereana Naepi (Nakida in Naitasiri, Na Gone Ni Colo, Fiji; Sociology)

Dr Tia Reihana (Ngāti Hine; Dance Studies)

Seuta’afili Dr Patrick Thomsen (Vaimoso, Samoa; Global Studies, Cultures, Languages and Linguistics)

Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem (Cook Islands; Pacific Studies)

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