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NZ Coalition to End Homelessness Conference - 21 Feb 2018

The New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness (NZCEH) conference He whānau whare kore, he kai mate hau/Addressing Whānau Homelessness will be held on 21 February 2018 at Auckland University of Technology City Campus - Sir Paul Reeves (WG) Building

NZCEH has always believed that a home is a human right, that whānau/families need a place to call home and so we have tried to come up with a conference that will stimulate, highlight and hopefully start to help us resolve the current unsustainable situation forsome of our whānau /families and individuals. Yes,the government has changed, and the future talk is about addressing homelessness here in Aotearoa New Zealand but without the stories, the korero amongst those who work in the homelessness field, we will never come up with a strategy to solve the issue of whānau /family homelessness.

The theme for this conference is about whanau/families’ homelessness. It is not only about the traditional whanau /families, it is about LGBT whānau/families and it is about the individuals who may live rough on the streets and become connected to each other because of safety, resources and whanaungatanga and kinship. These individuals have become the nomadic homeless of Aotearoa New Zealand and they have often become so close that the only true description of their relationship would be whānau /family.

We have a selection of topics that will be discussed which includes the lived experiences of whānau homelessness, the forgotten whānau/families experiencing homelessness, the persistent challenges to addressing homelessness especially whānau /family homelessness, and very importantly the strategic ideas for addressing whānau /family homelessness here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The diverse range of speakers that we have invited range from politicians to those who engage daily with whānau/families that are homeless. To put it into colloquial terms the speakers that we have invited work directly ‘on the coal face’ of homelessness with the most vulnerable members of our society and that is those who have no home or whare to call their own. All the speakers have also been invited because they all have something in common and that is the kaupapa of He whānau whare kore, he kai mate hau/Addressing Whānau Homelessness.

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