10 Jul 2019

Te Puea Marae's homeless outreach success focus of summit

From Morning Report, 6:15 am on 10 July 2019

The grass-roots model used by a South Auckland Marae to support the city's homeless will be at the centre of a summit in Mt Albert.

Te Puea Marae in Māngere has fed, housed and transitioned 415 families into permanent housing since it first opened its doors to the homeless in 2016.

Researchers from the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge have now completed a two-year study looking at why the marae has been so successful in helping whānau in need.

Project co-lead Rau Hoskins told RNZ reporter Te Aniwa Hurihanganui the first step was to get to know the people and their whānau.