Counterfutures 2021-03-05T03:40:49+00:00 Counterfutures Open Journal Systems <p><em>Counterfutures</em>, peer reviewed and published biannually, is a multidisciplinary journal of Left research, thought, and strategy. It brings together work from across Aotearoa New Zealand's Left, aiming to intervene in, and inaugurate, debates about how to understand and influence our society, politics, culture, and environment.</p> Spatial Justice—Decolonising Our Cities and Settlements 2021-03-05T03:27:47+00:00 Jade Kake <p>In my recently published book Rebuilding the Kāinga, I championed the idea of kāinga in a contemporary sense: integrated housing; cultural and communal facilities; sustainable use and management of whenua, awa, and moana; and sustainable economic activities. If implemented widely, the kāinga model will also have profound impacts on how we in Aotearoa New Zealand (Māori, Pākehā, and Tauiwi—all of us) plan our homes, towns, and cities. In this intervention, I expand on, and seek to further develop, this idea in relation to current discourse regarding economics, decolonisation, and, in particular, urban planning in Aotearoa New Zealand.</p> 2021-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Driving Through the East 2021-03-05T03:30:34+00:00 Elyjana Roach <p>This intervention asks how the people of Porirua can feel empowered and included in the decision-making processes that will shape the future of their city. I draw on my experiences as a life-long resident, activist, artist, architect, landscape architect, and urban designer in Porirua to find answers. I have found that young Pasifika are very concerned about whether their cultural values will be represented in housing and development in Porirua. This speaks to an issue facing the country as whole: while the Pasifika population continues to grow in size and importance in Aotearoa New Zealand, they are subject to flawed cultural assumptions, and are frequently overlooked or misunderstood in decision-making processes that will have profound impacts upon their future. There is room for more talanoa between Pasifika in Aotearoa New Zealand, and between Pasifika and the wider population. It is only when architects and planners expand their cultural kete that they will provide suitable housing and neighbourhoods for Pasifika.</p> 2021-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Envisioning Regenerative Communities 2021-03-05T03:34:07+00:00 Camia Young Thomas Nash <p>This interview asks how we can move to the next era of urban design, away from extractive capitalist models towards a more connected and equitable society. While there is disagreement over what exactly might come next—Young favours a new ‘compassionate capitalism’, while Nash argues for the importance of imagining non-capitalist models—both argue for regenerative economic models that empower people at the community level. Nash argues that Pākehā need to overcome their addiction to individual, exclusive land and property ownership, and to recognise how the violent history of colonialism underpins the ongoing commodification of land. The unfolding Covid-19 crisis lays bare the failings of our current economic model and prompts us to radically reimagine what might be possible. Young and Nash’s dialogue suggests that this involves both a reckoning with our past and taking a stand in the future—imagining the world we want to inhabit as a first step towards transforming it.</p> 2021-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Setting the Scenes of Early Pākehā 2021-03-05T03:37:37+00:00 Peter Howland <p>Review of Ian Smith, <em>Pākehā Settlements in a Māori World</em>. The archaeology of early colonial settlements in Aotearoa told in five phases.</p> 2021-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 A Global Fix 2021-03-05T03:39:13+00:00 Jack Foster <p>Review of Raquel Rolnik, <em>Urban Warfare</em>. A global panorama of housing policy in the era of footloose financial capital.</p> 2021-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 The Path Home 2021-03-05T03:40:49+00:00 Damian Sligo-Green <p>Review of Samuel Stein, <em>Capital City</em>. A critical account of the age of real-estate capital and the transformation of the city.</p> 2021-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 The Right to Housing 2021-03-05T03:06:34+00:00 Dylan Taylor Sue Bradford Jack Foster <p>An introduction to this special issue of <em>Counterfutures</em>.</p> 2021-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 A Case for Universal State Housing in Aotearoa New Zealand 2021-03-05T03:13:04+00:00 Vanessa Cole <p>In contemporary debates about solutions to the housing crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand, state housing is side-lined. But there have been renewed calls internationally for expanding state provision of housing. Some of these calls have been to expand the criteria of access to state housing to make it more universal, ensuring everyone has a home and challenging housing as an investment. This article presents a case for universal state housing in Aotearoa New Zealand. It explores nine main benefits that a universal state-housing policy could bring to Aotearoa New Zealand, including creating more affordable housing, towns, and cities, more secure housing, combating gentrification, displacement, and stigma, and making housing more democratic, environmentally sustainable, and accessible. This article is an act of imagining—the seeding of an idea to start conversations—not a blueprint for how things should be.</p> 2021-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Re-socialising Aotearoa New Zealand Housing 2021-03-05T03:16:41+00:00 Mark Southcombe <p>Urban housing in Aotearoa New Zealand is predominantly unit-titled, individualised dwellings whether the housing is owner-occupied or a rental investment. As housing increases in density, the provision and management of common space becomes necessary. In Aotearoa New Zealand, when this occurs, the extent of privately owned housing space is typically privileged, and shared common space minimised. In contrast, cooperative housing integrates housing, economic factors, and social contexts to create long-term socially and economically sustainable housing. Since the 19th century, cooperative housing has provided evidence of internationally awarded and recognised, self-help, community-generated housing that includes shared components. Cooperative housing offers a third way of achieving affordable housing security, one that lies between home ownership and renting. Legislatively mandated and protected cooperative housing is needed in Aotearoa New Zealand to augment our existing housing production systems and types, and to help address the need for enduring, affordable, and socially sustainable housing.</p> 2021-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Engaging Communities in the Design of Homes and Neighbourhoods in Aotearoa New Zealand 2021-03-05T03:20:41+00:00 Rebecca Kiddle <p>Community engagement in Aotearoa New Zealand is a variable practice. Generally driven by local and central government, much of it could be described as superficial at worst and naïve at best. This paper sets out concerns with existing practice as evidenced by my own experiences working on projects with local and central government. Drawing heavily on Atawhai Tibble’s tips for engaging with Māori, I outline how we might move engagement towards meaningful practice that is rooted in the Aotearoa New Zealand context.</p> 2021-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Dispossession and Gentrification in the Porirua Redevelopment 2021-03-05T03:24:16+00:00 Jasmine Taankink Hugo Robinson <p>Porirua East is currently undergoing a state-led gentrification project under the guise of ‘regeneration’. Residents of Porirua East saw what happened in other areas like Glen Innes and, anticipating this threat, formed Housing Action Porirua (HAP). Contextualising the Porirua redevelopment within a broader history of colonisation and racist exploitation, we outline the redevelopment to date and give a history of displacement and dispossession of iwi, and later migrant workers, in Porirua. We chart HAP’s struggle for the community and outline the group’s five demands for a true regeneration that honours te Tiriti o Waitangi, protects the earth, and ensures that no whānau are displaced. We urge that the expansion of state housing is a critical demand for working-class communities which, if guided by te Tiriti, also has the potential to concretely restore mana and rangatiratanga to tangata whenua.</p> 2021-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021