Elderly at 43: On health and homelessness


Volume 30 Issue 8 (Oct 2017)

Koppel, Mackenzie; Blair-Hunt, Tarati

Abstract: At 43, Niko is an old man. He spends his nights at the rear corner of an inner-city, open-air carpark, where exhaust fumes leak through the tears in his tarpaulin. He eats dry packets of two-minute noodles for breakfast, and relies on donated food at the Auckland City Mission's Homeless Community Drop-in Centre for dinner. When it rains, Niko's feet get wet and stay wet for days. This latter fact is what led him to the Mission's Calder Health Centre last winter.

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?