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Whangārei youth homelessness worse, not better

Image: Manaaki Rangatahi

Image: Manaaki Rangatahi

Nearly 8,000 New Zealanders are supporting a Manaaki Rangatahi petition calling for the end of youth homelessness.

Manaaki Rangatahi is New Zealand’s only youth housing and homelessness collective, which we are a proud member of. 

The petition is seeking urgent funding and resources to provide short- and long-term accommodation for young people affected by homelessness.

Bleak picture of youth homelessness in Whangārei

We led a research project with youth advocates in Whangārei, which painted a bleak picture of youth homelessness in the city.

The report concluded, “Taitamariki within the Whangārei community do experience housing deprivation. Their experiences ranged from sleeping rough (outside shop fronts, in cars) to living in sub-standard housing.”

Research author Ngaire Rae says youth homelessness will not have improved since the report was published last year. 

Here's the full Northern Advocate story.