Maori wahine to represent at International Indigenous Housing Conference


The World Indigenous Housing Conference, is set to be held in Vancouver BC Canada in June 2012. is pleased to see that two wahine toa who are international indigenous housing experts are part of this conference and are also part of the Conference Committee.

Dr. Shiloh Groot, Research Associate, University of Waikato

  • Affiliates to Te Arawa and Ngati Pikiao
  • Member, New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness Maori Caucus, advising on research strategies to inform the development of national policy and services
  • Doctorate in Philosophy, Psychology, University of Waikato

Kaye-Maree Dunn, Maori Performance Auditor

  • Ngati Te Whatuiapiti, Ngati Mahanga, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Nga Puhi and Te Rarawa descent
  • Former Maori Housing Development Manager, Community Housing Aotearoa, responsible for the inaugural National Maori Community Housing Conference
  • Designed Papakainga (sustainable development)/Wealth Creation programs, and helped M?ori overcome barriers to homeownership and housing services

Conference coordinator, Andrew Leach has met with Housing Minister Phil Heatley and invited him to speak. He has also met with senior indigenous housing and government leaders in Australia, New Zealand and the United States to promote the 2012 event.

In addition a slate of high profile indigenous housing leaders have been confirmed who will seek to develop a world class program for the conference. There is now an established link with the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Undersecretary in the United States, through one of the new committee members.

We are organizing a panel of federal housing ministers from New Zealand, Canada, Australia and the US to discuss best practices in indigenous housing for an audience of more than 1,000 indigenous housing leaders, politicians, policy makers, researchers and corporate leaders. We look forward to attending upcoming Canadian housing conferences, and arranging senior level government meetings in Canada to promote participation and support here at home as well.” adds Andrew Leach.

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