Topic: Housing

Otara community to brave the cold in support of homeless

By Online News - Rereātea
  • Auckland

#ParkupOtara will take place on 25 June to show their support for those doing it tough on the streets every night. 

#Parkupforhomes is an idea that stemmed from several Mangere community members and is now starting to gain momentum across the country.

A team of students from Manukau Institute of Technology will be joined by local leaders and families will brave the cold together from 6pm to 6am.

#ParkupforOtara coordinator Emily Worman says, "This is a peaceful protest in a soon-to-be-announced location, where ordinary New Zealanders will be combining their voices to say that what is currently being done homeless people, many who are children, is simply not enough. We believe that we can do much better for them." 

Various MPs will also show face, including Su'a William Sio and jenny Salesa. 

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) are supporting the campaign and have come up with ways they believe will turn the homeless crisis around. Some of these ideas include the Government putting its tax and dividend from Housing New Zealand back into social housing. 

CPAG spokesperson Alan Johnson says, "Homeless has been a growing problem for perhaps ten years and it will take another ten years to solve. To address these problems will take billions of dollars over the next decade and we need all the main political parties to commit to doing this."

The location for the event has not yet been confirmed. All updates can be found via the Park Up For Homes: Otara Facebook Page.