Peter Humphreys (Tangata Tiriti Co-Chair)

Peter originates from North Wales and became formally qualified as a social worker a few years ago after a range of occupations from being a chef in London to being a fisherman in the southern ocean.

Peter is currently the Manager of the Hamilton Christian Nightshelter Trust where he manages two shelters – one for males which caters for 25 men and one for females which caters for up to 12 women.

Why did he become involved in the issues of homelessness?  Peter says – ‘There is a well-known saying that ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’.  It is slightly different for us Welsh people.  It was decreed in the 12th century by an English king that ‘Welshmen shall not have castles’.  Since then Welshmen have been adamant that they will have castles!’

For Peter, the right to shelter is a basic right that should be accorded to all members of our society.

Peter is the Tangata Tiriti Co-Chair of the NZCEH.

Dr Shiloh Groot (Tangata Whenua Co-Chair)

Dr Shiloh Groot is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Auckland, prior this they have held research and teaching appointments at Massey University and the University of Waikato. Shiloh is an interdisciplinary and Indigenous social scientist who works in the fields of Indigenous worldviews and communities, human rights, and homelessness and urban poverty. Shiloh is the Co-Chair of the Tangata Whenua Caucus for the New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness (NZCEH), where they have been asked to advise on the expansion of research strategies that will inform the development of national policy and service provision.