Te Puea Marae model of manaakitanga ‘key’ to tackling homelessness crisis

A homeless father carried his son on his shoulders from the opposite side of Māngere to Te Puea Marae, because he heard they might have space for them to stay.

They did, and now they are two of the 332 people Te Puea Marae has helped find homes since it opened its doors to homeless whānau on July 24, 2016, in the midst of Auckland’s housing crisis.

In the first year of a two-year project, a research team has been interviewing those involved in the Manaaki Tāngata E Rua transitional housing programme to understand why it was so successful at supporting Māori who were homeless.

Research project co-leader University of Waikato Associate Professor Jenny-Lee Morgan said a key theme to emerge was manaakitanga.

“Manaakitanga is around the ethics of care and reciprocity. It enhances mana on both sides of the relationship.”

In addressing people who were homeless, or struggling, it helped to build them up and increase their own agency.

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Source: NZ Herald