Why Are Our People Overrepresented Amongst te Pani me te Rawakore? Reflections on the Root Causes of Māori Urban Homelessness

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

Homelessness is a growing problem in Aotearoa New Zealand, and evidence from numerous studies suggests that Māori are significantly over-represented amongst those experiencing homelessness. In this article, Jade Kake discusses the historic root causes of contemporary Māori urban homelessness, including colonisation and dispossesion from land, the subsequent Māori Rural-Urban migration, and the subsequent loss of cultural connectedness and spiritual wellbeing. A consideration of these structural factors point to the need for solutions that address spiritual homelessness and social exclusion, and look to rebuild connections to whakapapa and whenua. 

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.