Jenni Mace

Jenni grew up in Te Aroha where her family have farmed for four generations. She has a long history as a qualified occupational therapist with an interest in home, housing and homelessness developing after working in a Vietnamese refugee camp as a new graduate.  After moving to the United Kingdom in the 1990’s she worked for a London housing department running the Homelessness Independent Living Team. This included work with both families and individuals with medical needs in temporary accommodation and consulting with homelessness service providers around resettlement and tenancy sustainment.  She completed her master’s thesis at the London School of Economics looking into homeless service provision. Returning home to New Zealand in 2007 she is currently a senior occupational therapy lecturer at AUT and a PhD candidate studying ‘What makes the transition to sustaining a permanent home possible, for families in temporary accommodation?