The name of the count

Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland’s Homeless Count is about people.

While not a literal translation, Ira Mata, Ira Tangata acknowledges the mana within the whakapapa (lineage) of each person. The name recognises that each person embodies those who have come before them and those in the future. It reflects that a person is not defined by their homelessness and that people who are homeless are valued – they ‘count’.

The name Ira Mata, Ira Tangata has been gifted to the count by the Housing First Kaupapa Māori Group.

About the count

Auckland’s Homeless Count was Auckland’s first region-wide count of people living without shelter.

Auckland’s Homeless Count focused on people living without shelter (on the street and in cars) and in temporary accommodation. 

The count took place from 9.30pm to 12.30am on Monday 17 September and covered the Auckland region – 4,894km2, including Wellsford in the north, Waiuku in the south, Piha in the west and towards the Hunua Ranges in the east.

On the night, volunteers worked in groups and talked with people living without shelter. Data and information about people staying in temporary accommodation was collected through services – rather than through face-to-face interviews.

The method behind the count

Auckland’s Homeless Count uses a Point in Time approach.

The Point in Time approach used for Auckland’s Homeless Count was the most effective methodology to understand the size and nature of unsheltered and temporary homelessness.

A Point in Time count provides a snapshot of people living without shelter at a given time on a given night and is a well-established approach internationally for measuring the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness.

Using this approach, the findings of Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland’s Homeless Count will provide an important understanding of the scale of unsheltered homelessness and the number of people in temporary accommodation in our region. As a snapshot in time, the findings from the count should be considered a minimum number.