Dr Kate Amore on Homelessness

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Dr Kate Amore and Rev Tric Malcolm will discuss this issue on Friday 26th August at 5:30pm at Connolly Hall, Wellington. Amore’s research released today shows “As the housing market gets tighter, single people have more flexibility and potentially more options open to them, whereas families with children don’t. People [landlords] are less likely to want them, and they have more requirements of housing,” she said.

People without a home are largely invisible in the debate around housing in New Zealand. It is estimated that there are around 42,000 people moving between temporary and insecure accommodation such as garages, garden sheds, cars and caravan parks. Night shelters, emergency housing, refuges – these are the places where NZ homeless seek some sort of shelter. The people sleeping rough or on the streets are only a fraction of the homeless. It is a problem affecting both urban and rural areas, large cities and small towns. Many of the homeless are young people and include women and their children fleeing domestic violence.

Dr Kate Amore works with He Kainga Oranga/Housing & Health Research Programme at University of Otago, Wellington. She mainly produces national severe housing deprivation (homelessness) statistics, and has researched a variety of homelessness-related issues. Rev Tric Malcolm is the Wellington City Missioner.

17 comments on “Dr Kate Amore on Homelessness”

  1. gsays 1

    Is the discussion being streamed or filmed?

  2. Muttonbird 2

    To ask for any work to be done on the place you rent is to invite eviction for being too difficult.

    This is particularly difficult for renting families which require a certain level of performance from the house they live in in order to bring up their children to be contributing citizens of the future.

  3. Ad 3

    I hardly recognize this country from when I was growing up.

    • Paul 3.1

      It was sold 32 years ago to global corporate interests.
      History will show that a corporate coup d’etat occurred in 1984.

    • Reddelusion 3.2

      And nor would any generation, it’s called change What is however consistent is oldies and nutty left bleating on about the good old days through rose tinted glasses, and of course then there’s Paul who is a special case

  4. Lanthanide 4

    While overall families are more vulnerable when renting, it does cut both ways. If as a landlord you have a good family as tenants, if you treat them well they are likely to treat you well and stay with you longer term, precisely because moving on is more difficult for them. As a landlord, changing tenants is a big risk that you want to avoid where possible.

  5. Ad 5

    Minister of Finance and Minister of Housing Bill English defends his Governments’ response about housing, in the Dominion Post today:


    • McFlock 5.1

      but but but I though Labour’s plan to build similar numbers over ten years was impossible? And that was before the Nats even admitted there was a need for more houses.

  6. Gangnam Style 6


    “This comes as Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett last night said she did not read the University of Otago, Wellington, research because of ”inaccurate” statements made by one of its authors in an accompanying media release.”

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