Become a member of the NZCEH

Who can become a member?

NZCEH invites membership from any person or organisation. There are two types of members – Formal members and Contributing members.  Both types of members must:

  • Support the objects, the mission statement and values of the Coalition.
  • Makes every effort to give practical support to the Coalition
  • Undertakes to advocate for NZCEH and contribute to stopping homelessness by 2020

Contributing members also undertake to a make a financial contribution of $50 or more each year.

How do you become a member?

Complete an application form to become a member.  The Komiti Whakahaere will consider your application and advise you within 14 days of your application.


The objects for which the Coalition is established are to:

  1. End homelessness in New Zealand while operating within a Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi relationship framework.
  2. Promote throughout New Zealand an understanding of homelessness including agreement and use of a common definition as defined by Statistics NZ 2009 (and updated in 2014) and complimented by an understanding of the unique needs and impacts of how homelessness affects Tangata Whenua.
  3. Promote co-operation between Government agencies, Local Authorities, Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector organisations (the Sector) at national, regional and local levels (including rural communities) to develop integrated services, prevent homelessness and meet the needs of homeless people.
  4. Promote best practice models for service delivery to people who are homeless across all Sectors, including Maori models of practice which meet the needs of Tangata Whenua.
  5. Promote ethical research and information on national homeless issues and trends.
  6. Deliver robust policy advice to the Sector, Central and Local government and ensure good quality information is available to decision makers and services providers.

Mission Statement:

NZCEH’s mission is to promote a society with adequate support services where all people can have a place they can call home while operating within a Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi relationship framework.


Human Rights – NZCEH believes every person has the right to an adequate standard of living and housing to ensure their health and the health of their whanau/family are …… Everyone, regardless of income or economic resource, is entitled to this right, without distinction, exclusion or restriction based on any specific characteristic such as race, religion age[dis]ability or gender.  Owing to a range of circumstances and barriers, people who are homeless are excluded from these fundamental rights.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi – NZCEH acknowledges Te Ao Maori when considering Maori who experience homelessness.  The need to incorporate tangata whenua values, tikanga and practices when implementing solutions is essential.  NZCEH’s commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi is depicted in it’s Komiti Whakahaere which operates under the Te Tiriti/Treaty Relationship model recognising the rightful place of Tangata Whenua in Aotearoa and their relationship with Government.