Responding to Homelessness in Aotearoa/New Zealand

A Call for Submissions - October 2017

This edition of Parity is sponsored by the New Zealand Government through a grant to Te Matapihi he tirohanga mō te Iwi Trust and by partners from the social housing and homelessness sectors.

Organisations and individuals involved in responding to homelessness in Aotearoa are invited to contribute to the upcoming October 2017 “Responding to Homelessness in Aotearoa/New Zealand” edition of Parity.

Please find below the URL for the Parity web page that has been put together to assist with disseminating information about the October edition.…/october-parity-responding-homelessness…/

From here you can download the Call for Submissions, relevant back editions and information about sponsorship.

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.

With the intention of documenting our progress to date, the edition will also discuss where further focus may be needed, while highlighting important innovations, analysis and research that can show us the way forward.

The 2017 edition of Parity is intended as an update to the October 2007 “Responding to Homelessness in New Zealand” edition of Parity. The 2007 edition had a strong focus on understanding the specific nature and character of homelessness in Aotearoa as well as examining the important role played by community and local government in responding to homelessness. In addition, the 2007 edition discussed the central role of housing in reducing homelessness and the roles of frontline service providers. In the intervening 10 years, the prevalence of homelessness has grown, as has public awareness of the issue. Housing First projects have been established and social housing has undergone major reform.

A Framework for Discussion
Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a cross-cutting theme for this edition and should be considered by all contributors. Under Article 3 of Te Tiriti, Government has a clear social responsibility to recognise where disparities exist between Māori and non-Māori and to address them to the best of its current ability, ensuring that Māori have the same access to equality of outcomes as non-Māori. The application of Article 3 to social policy has generally focused on the rights of Māori to access culturally appropriate services, articulating a role in decision-making in terms of public policy and self-determination in terms of supporting communities to deliver these services. However, a general acceptance by Government of responsibility under Article 3 has largely been coupled with an unwillingness to concede Treaty-based rights to self-determination under Article 2.

The application of Te Tiriti to policy development, service provision, the role of Māori organisations in responding to homelessness and whānau and individual experiences of homelessness will be considered across the edition.

In publishing this edition we want all involved in responding to homelessness to actively participate in this project, so all voices can be heard. Submissions are invited under the following chapter themes:

Understanding Homelessness in Aotearoa/New Zealand
The aim of this chapter is to understand the unique or specific characteristics of homelessness in Aotearoa. Enumeration, demographics, data gaps, the impact of the Integrated Data Infrastructure and data sovereignty should be considered.

The Role of Central Government
The aim of this chapter is to outline, discuss and critique the current policy frameworks and the work of central government in responding to homelessness, including an understanding of the housing continuum and the relationship between homelessness and housing policy.

The Role of Local Government
The aim of this chapter is to outline and discuss the role and work of local government in responding to homelessness, including the inter-relationship between local and central Government, and key relationships with service providers and iwi/hapū.

The Role of Tangata Whenua
The aim of this chapter is to examine the role of iwi, hapū and mataawaka organisations in addressing homelessness in their rohe, including key relationships with service providers and central and local government.

The Role of Community
The aim of this chapter is to examine service responses to homelessness in Aotearoa, in particular to provide an opportunity for all those operating at the coal-face to share their expertise and lessons from their experience.

Tangata Rawakore Perspectives
The aim of this chapter is to provide an opportunity for people who are or have been homeless to discuss their experiences and perspectives on homelessness, including seeking and receiving homelessness assistance.

Responding to Specific Demographic Groups
The aim of this chapter is a more detailed discussion on the drivers and responses to specific demographic groups experiencing homelessness, including youth (particularly those leaving care), women (particularly victims of domestic violence and women in prostitution), elderly people, new migrants and refugees, Māori, Pasifika, released prisoners, and those experiencing mental health and drug use issues.

The above list is not intended to be prescriptive or exclusive of other issues and themes connected with the response to homelessness in Aotearoa. Potential contributors wanting to discuss other themes and issues should contact the Parity editor to discuss.

Expressions of Interest
To assist in the planning and development of the edition prospective contributors are asked to send a brief email to indicating your intention to contribute with a brief outline of your proposed article. These should be sent by 14 August 2017.

Deadline for Submissions
All contributions should be submitted to as Word attachments by COB Friday 22 September 2017.

Word Length
Contributions can be up to 1600 words. This equates to a double page spread in Parity. Single page articles can be up to 800 words in length. Contributions of a greater length should be discussed with the Parity Editor.

Contributors are invited to submit the artwork they would like to accompany their article. Inclusion is dependent on the space being available. If artwork is not provided and is required, it will be selected by the Parity Editor.

By providing your contribution, you confirm and agree that (except where you have referenced or cited any other’s work) the contribution is your original work and has not been copied from any other source.

All works that are cited or referred to in an article should be referenced.

The Parity referencing protocol is very simple. All references cited in the article should be referenced by:

Author(s); surname, initial(s), Date (of publication), Title, Publisher (for journals, volume and Issue number), Location, Page(s)

For example:
1. Seung S 2012, Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, P.90.

2. Trevithick P 2003 ‘Effective Relationship Based Practice’, Journal Of Social Work Practice, vol.17, no.2, pp.163-176.

For more detailed information on referencing and writing guidelines for Parity see:

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Feedback, input and assistance can be provided with drafts if required. If prospective contributors have any questions at all they should contact the Parity Editor at or ring +61 03 8415 6201.