The Jesus of K Road: Theological reflections on Māori and homelessness
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Citation:Rangiwai, B. (2021). The Jesus of K Road: Theological reflections on Māori and homelessness. Te Kaharoa: The eJournal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 17(1), 1-26. doi:10.24135/tekaharoa.v17i1.383
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5501
This paper reflects on my observations of, and casual discussions with, Māori experiencing homelessness, specifically, during the current lockdown in Auckland which began on 17 August 2021. It is important for those who experience homelessness to have their voices heard. Amplifying these voices could increase understanding of the very complex issues that are faced. This paper begins with a poem entitled The Jesus of K Road — a piece that expresses, through a theological lens, my observations of Māori experiencing homelessness. The Jesus of K Road is a composite of the many characters I have had the privilege of meeting and speaking with. Nixon (2016) maintains that the homeless are God’s storytellers, and this has certainly been my experience.
Keywords:Auckland (N.Z.), Aotearoa, New Zealand, Māori, homeless people, landlessness, Māori theology, Christianity, COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020-
ANZSRC Field of Research:4510 Te hauora me te oranga o te Māori (Māori health and wellbeing), 451126 Ngā mahi tauwhiro me te tika pāpori o te Māori (Māori social work and social justice)
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