Western Bay of Plenty Provider Network
We are helping support services come together to discuss collaborating on services and projects that support individuals and families experiencing homelessness. It is important that we work together, in a coordinated way, so that we can share resources, people and understanding towards a common goal. It is vital that our most vulnerable individuals and families receive the support they need, when they need it, and that we don’t create any additional barriers.
This network meets every six weeks and is facilitated by SociaLink Tauranga Moana. For more information on the provider network or to be a part of the group please contact SociaLink
Kāinga Tupu: Growing Homes (Western Bay of Plenty homelessness strategy)
As multiple national, regional and local stakeholders each have a role in solving homelessness, there is value in developing a strategy so that an integrated approach is taken to resolving identified barriers in a coordinated way. 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 service deliverers involved 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
Kāinga Tupu: Growing Homes – strategy (executive summary) (109kb pdf)
Kāinga Tupu: Growing Homes – action plan (203kb pdf)
For more information on the strategy or action plan please contact Jodie Robertson (Community Development Advisor) at email@example.com
Funding from BayTrust, Tauranga City Council, TECT and Te Pūni Kōkiri enabled the development of our sub-regional strategy.
Mayoral Taskforce on homelessness
To help ensure the action plan above is successfully implemented, a western Bay of Plenty Mayoral Taskforce has been established. The taskforce is chaired by Mayor Tenby Powell and has a primary function of advocacy, sourcing resources for implementation, and monitoring overall progress and outcomes.
Organisations represented include:
- Tauranga City Council
- Te Pūni Kōkiri
- Bay of Plenty District Health Board
- Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
- Ministry of Social Development
- Ministry of Education
- Department of Corrections
- Kāinga Ora: Homes and Communities
- New Zealand Police
- Wise Group
- Representation from western Bay of Plenty Homeless Providers Network
For more information on the Mayoral Taskforce please contact Jodie Robertson (Community Development Advisor) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vital Update – Tauranga (findings available from June 2020)
‘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 have teamed up to carry out this research, so we can all create a better future for residents. Information collected within this research will support further planning in the homelessness and housing spaces with data we have never seen before.
Release of research reports is due June 2020.
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.