Tauranga Hidden Homelessness Report

This project was supported by Tauranga City Council (TCC) and the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) on behalf of the Tauranga Homelessness Steering Group. The research was undertaken by Rachel Hatch, a third year social work student from Waikato University who was working on a student placement between both organisations in the latter half of 2016.

The report aims to determine the pathways and barriers that result in some people becoming and remaining homeless by:

  • Determining the size and extent of the homelessness problem in Tauranga
  • Describing living environments of those who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness
  • Identifying issues impacting people due to being homeless

The limitations of the project, which are addressed in full within the report, include the difficulty in capturing data and the accuracy of that data, as well as the limited time frame available to complete the project. 

It is also important to note that as a student research project, the report is a ‘conversation starter’ and sets a precedence for gathering data on the scope and nature of homelessness in Tauranga, as well as a base line for future research.

The report highlights key findings and provides an initial evidence base to support the implementation of necessary services and accommodation options that are required to assist homeless people as well as those that are at risk of becoming homeless in our community.