Homelessness in New Zealand

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Homelessness in New Zealand has been linked to the general issue of lack of suitable housing.[1] The homeless population is generally measured through the country's census and by universities and other academic centres. In 2009, urban homelessness (rough sleepers or improvised dwellings) were estimated at less than 300, while rural homelessness (improvised dwellings) was estimated between 500 and 1000.[2] Homelessness in New Zealand has traditionally been reduced by the provision of state housing.

Statistical authorities in New Zealand have expanded their definition of homelessness to include ‘people living in improvised shelters’, ‘people staying in camping grounds/motor camps’ and ‘people sharing accommodation with someone else’s household’.[3]

The issue is believed to have become increasingly visible in recent years.[1] Media in New Zealand have published an accusatory account of the presence of homeless people in public spaces, positioning homeless men as disruptive threats. Though community members have shown support though writing opinion pieces.[4]

Services representing the sector include the New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness (NZCEH).[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Homelessness 'a national problem'". Radio NZ.
  2. ^ "Homelessness in New Zealand". New Zealand Parliament.
  3. ^ Busch-Geertsema, Volker. "Defining and measuring homelessness." Homelessness Research in Europe: Festschrift for Bill Edgar and Joe Doherty (2010): 19–39.
  4. ^ Hodgetts, Darrin, Ottilie Stolte, Kerry Chamberlain, Alan Radley, Linda Nikora, Eci Nabalarua, and Shiloh Groot. "A trip to the library: Homelessness and social inclusion." Social & Cultural Geography 9, no. 8 (2008): 933–953.
  5. ^ "Home". New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness.