Towards the design of culturally-based supportive housing facilities


Volume 30 Issue 8 (Oct 2017)

Kake, Jade

The recent increase in government funding for emergency housing and Housing First places, urban maraebased responses such as those rolled out by Te Puea and others, and the growing role of iwi in the provision of homelessness services (including the recent acquisition of Affinity Services - now rebranded Kahui Tu Kaha - by Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua), suggest that purpose-built culturally-based emergency, transitional and supportive housing facilities for Māori (who are disproportionately represented amongst those experiencing homelessness and housing stress) will be developed in the near future. The need for culturally informed design guidance is an emerging consideration.

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?