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Homeless New Zealanders are dying 30 years younger than those with a roof over their heads. And the most common killers are heart disease and suicide.

That is the “devastating and dehumanising” finding of a new study, published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ), with experts warning “we can do better”.

Advocates for New Zealand’s homeless population say the treatment of our homeless was “absolutely appalling” and it was a problem that was getting worse by the day.

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