Te Manaaki o te Marae: Supporting the wellbeing of homeless whānau into sustainable tenancies.


In response to dramatically increasing homelessness in Aotearoa, in 2016 Te Puea Memorial Marae in Auckland developed a transitional housing programme, called Manaaki Tāngata (MT). Sourced within our own cultural care frameworks, that centre on whānau well-being, homeless families are hosted within the environs of the marae and supported to stabililise their lives and transition into sustainable tenancies. This workshop presents this marae-based Indigenous model that draws on the findings of a two-year research project. The panel includes Chairperson of the Marae and Director of the MT programme, alongside the multidisciplinary kaupapa Māori research team.