Aotearoa Homelessness Action Plan 2020-2023

The Aotearoa Homelessness Action Plan was published in February 2020 to deliver on the Government’s vision that homelessness is prevented where possible, or is rare, brief and non-recurring.

The action plan sets out a balanced and comprehensive package of actions to address homelessness with an increased focus on prevention, alongside supply, support and system enablers. Actions will build on and support work already underway around New Zealand and put in place essential changes to address gaps in responses to homelessness.

The guiding principles for addressing homelessness

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The government’s role, as Treaty partner, is to partner with and support Māori to deliver solutions for Māori, and to empower local communities to achieve Māori housing and wellbeing outcomes.

Whānau-centred and strengths-based

Within the context of homelessness, a whānau-centred approach means addressing individual needs within the context of that individual’s whānau, relationships, support networks, community and connection to place.

Focus on stable homes and wellbeing

Preventing and reducing homelessness involves looking past the short-term approach of providing an immediate crisis response, to providing long-term sustainable housing solutions.

Kaupapa Māori approaches

Kaupapa Māori approaches are embedded within this plan and throughout the delivery of actions. This means delivering actions in ways that demonstrate kaupapa Māori principles.

Find out more about the Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation Framework for Action (MAIHI)

Supporting and enabling local approaches

The action plan will support local communities to address the homelessness issues they face, in ways that respond to their different needs and build on responses already in place.

A joined-up approach across agencies and communities

Addressing homelessness requires true partnerships and systems of support and housing to be functioning well in inclusive and equitable ways.

Published: June 3, 2021