Margaret Lewis

stuck in the maze - from housed to homeless

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Koha so we can koha

The crew who brought you 'stuck in the maze // from housed to homeless' last year are bringing it back. 'stuck in the maze' is an interactive maze that takes people on a journey from being housed to sleeping rough. We want people who have experienced being homeless to be the co-creators, content providers and stewards of the maze; and we need to koha them for their contribution. So please, koha so we can koha. You'll meet the crew in the updates section.


Last year, we built 'stuck in the maze' and put it in Beresford Square for World Homeless Day.

The temporary maze built of corflute took maze walkers on a journey that outlined the experiences of people who have been homeless and how they went from being housed to being homeless. Here's what people who went through the maze last year said...

"My sister and i went to this event and it totally blew me away ... to the brothers and sisters who held this .... nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa mo ou koutou mahi ki runga I tenei kaupapa whakahirahira."

"Its a raw, eye-opening, honest and thought provoking work"

"The sadness, and reality of the lives of many homeless in NZ, great work highlighting how it feels to be in this situation"

"Thought provoking reminder of how the people most in need of our society's support are often the most neglected"

This year we're rebuilding the maze in Auckland Central Library. And not just for a day, but for the month of October (to highlight World Homeless Day and those people sleeping rough all around our city).


The Central City Library have said "YES". And, we have some funding from Waitemata Local Board and Creative Communities as well as the Auckland Design Office at Council. We're building the team and scrounging corflute.

One of the lessons we learned from last year's installation was how important people with lived experience of homelessness were in making the maze real. This year we want to extend the community and their involvement. We have the opportunity to include people with lived experience of homelessness in every stage of the project - we have identified up to 20 roles from assistant producer to maze kaitiaki.

Your koha can help us koha a whole lot of people (we will use the Lifewise model of koha to reward these volunteers for their contribution).


There are three ways you can help:
1. Give to our Boosted campaign, any amount helps!
2. Spread the word through your networks. You could forward this via email or post on social media.
3. Follow and boost our hashtag #stuckinthemaze

And, of course, you should come and wander the maze yourself, once we've finished installing it. The dates are 7 Oct to 5 Nov.

Thanks for your support!


  • Grateful, humbled, excited - thank YOU


    Grateful, humbled, excited - thank YOU
  • we have our first load of corflute


    just what every artist needs to build a temporary maze...

    we have our first load of corflute
  • Cash is good too


    I've had people stopping me on the street and asking to contribute, so CASH can still be king.

    Cash is good too
  • Captured on film


    Last year's maze as experienced by Jonah Merchant

  • Why people give


    We've had some really encouraging messages from our Boosted donors and I wanted to share just some of them...

    "Any of our economic success doesn't mean much if people are still falling through the cracks. can happen to anyone, anytime."

    "The more attention given to homelessness, the better!"

    "Awesome concept! Good luck with your very worthwhile project."

    "Kia kaha ...awesome mahi!"

    "So proud and happy to be able to support this mahi!!!"

    "I would like to make a koha towards stuck in the maze from housed to homeless. As I would love to help in whatever way I can towards this project. I would love to have the opportunity to gain a better understanding around this project and see why and how people go from being housed to homeless. My understanding of being homeless was due to addiction that is what I was taught and grew up with. I disagree with this way of thinking today! I know that there are many other facts as to why this happens all over the world, and I would love to connect with people who are willing to share this experience with me. I'm happy to work alongside people who will guide me and to be apart of this journey with them. Blessing Margaret and team. I look forward to meeting you."

    cheers Margaret (feeling humbled)

    Why people give
  • Meet the crew // John Heta


    Te Arawa // Lifewise volunteer and so much more

    John Heta has gone from sleeping on streets to being an advocate for the homeless.

    "You can get out of the rut that you're in. You don't have to stay in it. I'm proof and there's a few others that are proof here too. So I spent five years out on the streets and that was between 2009 and 2015. I was housed in 2015 by Lifewise."

    To give back to them, he volunteered.

  • Meet the crew // Shadow


    Cook Island Maori // harmonica player // father // Lifewise Merge volunteer // sharer of Street Wisdom

    Listen on Soundcloud

    Meet the crew // Shadow
  • Meet the crew // Rob Smith


    Nga Puhi // Housing First Peer Support Worker and so much more

    In this video Rob explains why the Housing First approach works so well in solving chronic homelessness.

    Meet the crew // Rob Smith