Te Puea Marae has built a reputation for opening its doors to the homeless with their kaupapa -  Manaaki Tangata 1 and 2.

They have called upon all NGOs, agencies and iwi leaders to come together to discuss better employment outcomes for homeless whānau.

According to spokesperson Mark Goldsmith, the Ministry of Social Development are there to discuss how to provide better employment outcomes for homeless whānau.

“This is what it's all about, giving people a chance. Just like you and I, someone gave us an opportunity and that opportunity is really the beginning.”

Ihaka Rehua, his wife and six kids have been housed by Te Puea Marae for the past four weeks.

He has served ten years in construction and to he is seeking employment.

“I'm that guy down in the ditch doing all the mahi and the ditch just gets bigger and bigger. There's no climbing the ladder because you're the man down there doing all the mahi that no one likes to do. So I find myself doing all the mahi that no one likes to do. That's all it is. There's no climbing the ranks or nothing. It gets a bit robotic.”

More than 200 families have been housed by Te Puea and then eventually housed permanently, however, not the same for employment.

The marae will be open to the homeless, and the people are excited to see the result of this latest initiative.

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