Service Responses to Māori Urban Homelessness

Author: Jade Kake
Publication Date: September 2016
Published by: Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

There is a need for Māori-driven interventions that work with homeless individuals and communities to address the root causes of homelessness. In this article, Jade Kake discusses two potential approaches  the delivery of culturally-appropriate primary services, and restorative justice practices as a pathway to cultural rehabilitation. A Whānau Ora approach could be one way to effectively deliver homelessness services, which points to potential leading roles for urban marae and urban Māori authorities. 

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.