Tūrangawaewae: Whānau wellbeing for all

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Parity
Volume 30 Issue 8 (Oct 2017)

George, Lily; Gilberd, Paul; Napier, Anthea; Reynolds, Paul; White, Jolyon

Abstract: Central to this article is the premise that we do not have a housing crisis, we have a crisis affecting whānau wellbeing. Housing is just one of the many factors that impact whānau health and wellbeing. The complexity of whānau wellbeing is clearly apparent in the scripture in Matthew, Chapter 25 - it is about having enough good food, quality and warm housing, and enough money to survive and thrive in life. It is about being well, physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally, and caring for those in need - a society of compassion and care. It is about having purpose and worth and knowing our identity, rather than the fast-track to imprisonment that is mapped out for too many in our society of punishment. It is about truly loving our neighbour and ourselves.

Parity is a publication of the Victorian Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) and the national homelessness publication in Australia. The aim of this publication is to develop an up-to-date, comprehensive and detailed resource for all those working to respond to homelessness in Aotearoa, whether they are working in government policy, homelessness, mainstream government services, social housing and other welfare sectors, in universities or other research bodies.

The 2017 edition of Parity is intended as an update to the October 2007 “Responding to Homelessness in New Zealand” edition of Parity. The current edition is an opportunity to reflect on the past ten years. What have we learnt? How have we progressed? What new challenges have prevented themselves in the intervening years?