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A Māori housing advocate says the axing of a specific Māori housing agency has had devastating consequences for generations of whānau.

Unitec's Ngā Wai a Te Tui centre for Māori and indigenous research is today hosting a presents this free symposium on Marae-based responses to the Tamaki housing crisis.

It includes a case study on Mangere's Te Puea Marae, which has developed services to directly address homelessness, a session on marae-based housing design, and a panel on a Hawaiian indigenous housing scheme.

Rau Hoskins says there is a wide range of activities marae can involving themselves in, depending on their resources and people.

He says the Māori housing problem is rooted in historic landlessness and also in more recent changes in social housing policy.

"You can look at the policy and you can look at the withdrawl of the government from provision of Māori Affairs housing in 1990 and then the restructuring of Housing Corporation in the same year and you can see the graphs and you can see Māori home ownership rates dropping progressively from 1991 to the levels they're at now," Mr Hoskins says.

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