Aotearoa, Homelessness of House, Land and Product in Rural Māori Settings: An Operational Insight

Author: Patrick Gemmell, Te Matapihi he tirohanga mō te Iwi Trust
Publication Date: September 2016
Published by: Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

Many of our rural Māori communities suffer from severe housing deprivation, with our people living in conditions that would be considered uninhabitable by urban standards. Reflecting on his previous role in investments within the Māori Housing Network within Te Puni Kōkiri, Patrick Gemmell asks the question - is the lack of culturally constructed central government housing policy and product making our people homeless in rural settings?

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.