New Zealand now has once of the highest rates of homelessness in the OECD.
The figures show that a staggering 1% of our population do not have a roof over their head. 

With home ownership a pipe dream for many and many more struggling to rent, it's not surprising this has become a hot topic as we head toward the election.

Can we fix this? If so, how? Tim and this week's panel discuss.

Broadcaster and journalist, Heather Du Plessis-Allan

Heather Du Plessis-Allan is a South African born broadcaster and journalist with a long-standing career in New Zealand.
She has notably worked on Seven Sharp, Radio Live and TV3's Story. Du Plessis-Allan is currently a columnist for the Herald on Sunday. 

Maori Party candidate for Pakuranga electorate, Carrie Stoddart Smith

Carrie Stoddart-Smith is the Maori Party's candidate for the Pakuranga electorate in this year's general election.
Stoddart-Smith holds a BA and LLB from the University of Auckland and an LLM in International Law and Politics from the University of Canterbury.

Her work has been largely focussed on Maori politics. She has also been a regular contributor to The Spinoff.


Comedian, writer and beard-scratcher, Brendon Green

Brendon Green is an Auckland based comedian, writer and storyteller. The Billy T Award nominated comedian performs locally and around the world.
Green's stand up has been described as a blend of traditional stand up with the addition of skilfuil wordplay, sweet musical comedy and potentially harrowing personal admissions.

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