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Eviction and its consequences

Te peinga me ana utu

Thursday 18 February 2021

Eviction, also known as a forced move or involuntary mobility, is the loss of home and has long reaching consequences for tenants as well as wider costs for society.

This symposium will present the results of the Marsden Funded research project: Eviction and its Consequences. This is an expansive and multidisciplinary study that takes a personal, legal, epidemiological and historical lens to the study of eviction. We will highlight the stories and experiences of whānau who have experienced eviction – the factors leading up to the event, the process of eviction and the ongoing implications of losing home.

Epidemologists will share the demography of eviction in Aotearoa and look at who is more likely to experience a forced move. Legal researchers will describe the process of terminating a tenancy and the way that power and discretion is used in our tenancy law system. International experts in the experience of eviction and its solutions will provide insight and context to findings in New Zealand.

Topics covered

  • Who is evicted in Aotearoa and what are their experiences?
  • Are our legal processes regulating eviction fair?
  • What are the international experiences of eviction and solutions?

Style of course

Symposium – Multi-speaker presentations and panel discussion in lecture theatre setting.

Who should attend?  

All those with an interest in housing, community and whānau health and wellbeing, law, public health and social justice.

By the end of this course participants should have the knowledge/skills to:

  • Understand historic and current approach to eviction from social and legal perspectives
  • Discuss the policy imperatives for emphasising sustainable tenancies;
  • Consider legal and policy responses that might support sustaining tenancies

COVID-19 contingency plan

If COVID Alert Level restrictions prevent in-person/face-to-face delivery of this course, it will be delivered online the same day, and a credit of $100 given ($50 for those paying staff/student rate).

If the course is able to be delivered in person, but a participant cannot travel to Wellington due to COVID Alert Level restrictions, the course fee will be refunded in full.

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration
9:00am Mihi and welcome Philippa Howden-Chapman
9:15am Art and literature of eviction Philippa Howden-Chapman
9:30am Experiences of eviction Eli Chisholm and Cheryl Davies
10:00am Experiences of eviction and COVID-19 Sarah Bierre and Cheryl Davies
10:30am Morning tea
11:00am Who is evicted in New Zealand? Lucy Telfar-Barnard
11:30am The hope and intentions of the Residential Tenancies Act (1986) Ben Schrader
12:00pm Power and coercion in tenancy law Bridgette Toy-Cronin and Sarah Bierre
12:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm Local solutions – community practice
2:00pmAustralia's eviction crisisChris Martin
2:30pm International solutions – the law Mark Bennett
3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:30pmOverview, small group discussion and feedback
5:00pm Finish


  • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman – University of Otago, Wellington
  • Dr Elinor Chisholm – University of Otago, Wellington
  • Cheryl Davies - Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma and Research Trust
  • Dr Gloria Clarke – Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development
  • Dr Sarah Bierre – University of Otago, Wellington
  • Dr Lucy Telfar-Barnard – University of Otago, Wellington
  • Dr Ben Schrader – Wellington historian
  • Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin – University of Otago
  • Dr Mark Bennett – Victoria University
  • Dr Chris Martin – University of New South Wales

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after Tuesday 22 December 2020.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

Register now

Note COVID-19 contingency plan above. Any questions please see FAQ page or email