“I want my community to have a voice.”

The Auckland region is vast – 4,894km2, from Wellsford in the north to Waiuku in the south. To help us accurately count the region, Auckland’s Homeless Count relies on the support and commitment of hundreds of volunteers. We’ve also got a team of dedicated coordinators helping us to plan and prepare for the count by leading community engagement in five ‘sub-regions’: North, East, Central, South and West.

Lisa Marshall is our sub-regional coordinator for West Auckland. We asked Lisa a few questions to get to know her and her role a bit better.

Tell us a bit about your background. Where are you from and what do you do?

I have been living in Glen Eden for the past six years and am currently working at VisionWest Community Trust as a Registered Nurse/support navigator within the Housing First programme. I started in this role in January this year. Prior to this I was working as a nurse specialist in pain management for Auckland District Health Board.

As the sub-regional coordinator for West Auckland, what is it that you love about the area?

I love West Auckland. I love the beaches and getting out into the Waitakere Ranges and being surrounded by nature. I love the people in my community and the eclectic mix of personalities who co-exist here.

How did you find out about the count?

I had heard murmurings through various meetings but officially heard about it through Amy Donovan, project manager for Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland’s Homeless Count, when she spoke about the count at a Housing First Auckland hui at Orākei Marae.

I was inspired and wanted to be part of this project to represent VisionWest and our whānau we partner with.

Why is being part of Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland’s Homeless Count important to you?

Being part of the count is important to me because I want my community to have a voice: a voice for what they need to end homelessness and a voice in how this information is collected so it values and upholds each individual.

I encourage people to volunteer for the count, so we can do this well and ensure no harm is caused to our whānau.


Hundreds of volunteers are needed for Auckland’s Homeless Count. Find out more and register to volunteer before 31 August 2018.