Kāinga Tupu: Growing Homes
Homelessness is an ever-increasing and visible issue for our region, from street and car sleeping to couch surfing, transitional housing, and emergency motel accommodation. Like the rest of Aotearoa, we are amid a housing crisis that is amplified in Tauranga by the demand and need to develop into a sizeable city.
Kāinga Tupu: Growing Homes sets a strategic and coordinated approach to addressing homelessness across the Western Bay of Plenty. Together we want to see a change for our city, where all residents have access to a home that is warm, safe, habitable, and affordable.
Kāinga Tupu Taskforce (previously known as the Kāinga Tupu Mayoral Taskforce)
In 2020 the Western Bay of Plenty Homelessness Strategy and Action Plan was completed. This strategy sets out a vision to eliminate homelessness for the Western Bay of Plenty. It defines clear roles for a wide range of agencies, funders and providers across the sub-region.
Vision: Homelessness in the Western Bay of Plenty is prevented where possible, or is rare, brief and non-recurring.
Mission: As a sub-region, all residents have the right to housing that is warm, safe, habitable, and affordable.
To help ensure that the strategy and action plan were successfully implemented, as Western Bay of Plenty Mayoral Taskforce was established. This has since changed to the Kāinga Tupu Taskforce and is responsible for leading our response to homelessness for our region, delivering against the strategy and action plan and advocating for the changes required to help support this vulnerable part of our community.
Organisations represented on the Taskforce include:
- Accessible Properties Limited
- Under the Stars
- Te Tuinga Whanau
- Te Puni Kokiri
- Bay of Plenty District Health Board
- The Ministry of Social Development
- Kāinga Ora
- Oranga Tamariki
- New Zealand Police
- Department of Corrections, Ara Poutama
- Western Bay of Plenty District Council
- Empowerment NZ
- Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
- Ministry of Education
- Tauranga City Council.
For more information on the Kāinga Tupu Taskforce, please contact Melissa Ward (Kāinga Tupu Advisor) at email@example.com.
Funding from BayTrust, Tauranga City Council, TECT, and Te Puni Kokiri enabled the development of our sub-regional strategy.
Kāinga Tupu: Growing Homes – strategy (executive summary) (109kb pdf)
Kāinga Tupu: Growing Homes – action plan (203kb pdf)
Kāinga Tupu – Tackling homelessness through collaboration video
Western Bay of Plenty Provider Network
The Western Bay of Plenty Provider Network is made up of many agencies across this sub-region who support/provide services for our homeless community. Kāinga Tupu works to bring this group together to identify and remove barriers and discuss collaborating on services and projects that support individuals, families and whanau experiencing homelessness.
It is important that we work together in a co-ordinated way to achieve our common goal of preventing homelessness where possible, or is rare, brief and non-recurring.
This Network meets once every quarter and is facilitated by Melissa Ward, the Kāinga Tupu Advisor. For more information on or to be part of the Network please contact Melissa Ward at melissa.ward@Tauranga.govt.nz.
Vital Update – Tauranga
‘Vital Update – Tauranga’ is a research project that looks at the geographic communities in Tauranga: who makes them up, and what their needs, wants and aspirations are for their neighbourhood’s and the wider city.
Acorn Foundation, TECT, BayTrust and Tauranga City Council undertook this research so that together we can create a better future for our residents. Information collected within this research is supporting further planning in the homelessness and housing spaces with data we have never seen before.
View the reports and digital dashboard.
Funding and support for local services
While we are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the western Bay of Plenty homelessness strategy and action plan, we will continue to provide funding (or rent in kind) to some local services. We anticipate providing greater support following the outcome of the action plan. The services we currently support are providers directly involved in housing solutions and temporary relief for those individuals and/or experiencing homelessness. These services include:
- Awhina House (Women’s Shelter)
- Takitimu House (Men’s Nightshelter)
- The People’s Project
- Tauranga Foodbank.