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Maori homelessness: Basic statistics.

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Parity, 29(8), 7

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Amore provides a detailed statistical analysis of Māori homelessness in New Zealand.

The study is based on data gathered from the 2001, 2006, and 2013 censuses, along with administrative data from emergency housing providers. Amore’s research presents a picture of the state of homelessness among the Māori population, highlighting the accelerating rate of homelessness growth and the ethnic overrepresentation within this demographic. The article defines homelessness in accordance with both the official New Zealand Government definition and that adopted by the Institute of Global Homelessness, offering a nuanced understanding of the issue. Amore’s findings reveal that in 2013, approximately 41,000 people were identified as homeless in New Zealand, with around a third being Māori. The study emphasises the cultural implications of homelessness among Māori, particularly in terms of living situations and the concept of manaakitanga. On this, the paper notes that compared with Europeans, homeless Māori are almost twice as likely to be staying with family or friends though as the author notes this can present issues when calculating the true state of the homeless problem among Māori.

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