Problem Definition: Māori Homelessness in New Zealand

Author(s): Shiloh Groot and Jenni Mace
Publication Date: September 2016
Published by: Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

In New Zealand, many Māori live in impoverished and overcrowded conditions and, as such, are overrepresented in the homeless population. In this paper we consider colonialism and societal developments that have impacted whānau economically, culturally and socially, contributing to high rates of homelessness among Māori today.

This article features in the September 2016 edition of Parity Magazine, the national publication of the Council to Homeless Persons, Victoria’s peak homelessness advocacy body. This special joint edition of Parity, 'Responding to Indigenous Homelessness in Australia and New Zealand' is dedicated to the examination and discussion of the various policy and practice responses to Indigenous homelessness in Australia and New Zealand.