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Fund Type: Marsden Fund

Category: Standard

Year Awarded: 2017

Title: Eviction and its consequences: representation, discourse and reality

Recipient(s): Professor PLH Howden-Chapman | PI | University of Otago
Dr MJ Bennett | AI | Victoria University of Wellington
Dr SP Bierre | AI | University of Otago
Dr ES Chisholm | AI | University of Otago
Ms CA Davies | AI | Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust
Mr PJ Hannam | AI | Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust
Dr B Schrader | AI | Victoria University of Wellington
Dr LF Telfar Barnard | AI | University of Otago
Dr BA Toy-Cronin | AI | University of Otago

Public Summary: Being evicted is a feared experience for tenants. This study is a wide-ranging inquiry into evictions in Aotearoa New Zealand. It first examines eviction of Māori, Pākehā and other ethnic groups historically, including the way their experiences are represented in literature, painting and music. We will compare historical and current law governing evictions in New Zealand with that of other jurisdictions. We will observe the proceedings of the Tenancy Tribunal, which has the power to order the eviction of tenants for non-payment of rent, and interview the Tribunal Adjudicators. Using administrative data and the Tribunal’s records we will analyse who experiences eviction and under what circumstances. In-depth interviews will allow us to investigate the effect of eviction on tenants’ lives, while analysis of open-access landlord online forums will enable us to understand why and how tenants are evicted. Our rounded examination of the fairness and quality of the processes and consequences of eviction in the past and the present will make a unique contribution to social science, socio-legal theory, and understanding the sharp end of housing problems.

Total Awarded: $845,000

Duration: 3

Host: University of Otago

Contact Person: Professor PLH Howden-Chapman

Panel: SOC

Project ID: 17-UOO-207

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