#Parkupmangere: Community bands together for the homeless

updated By Online News
  • Auckland

As winter descends upon us and temperatures drop, some families without homes are left to brave the cold. 

#Parkupmangere is a community-led event being held tonight at 6pm till 6am at the Mangere Town Centre. Families are asked to park up in their cars in Mangere for the night to show solidarity with families who endure this every night. 

Organiser, Justin Latif says, "The kaupapa is about showing tautoko towards a community doing it rough in their cars and vans. It also sends the message to the politicians that New Zealand does care and they do want better measures for those struggling."

This is one of several #Parkupforhomes events that will be taking place around the country. 

The Facebook page Park Up For Homes states, "We want to rev up and signal to our policy makers that we care.

As winter has arrived, so has a growing public consciousness that housing has reached crisis point and many in our communities are without homes. We believe that everyone deserves a home: not a car, not a garage, a home."

Supporters of the event, Child Poverty Action Group are encouraging families to bring their children and blankets. They say it will be a "safe, alcohol-free, peaceful protest with music, sausage sizzles and speakers."

People will gather at the town centre at 6pm where there will be music, speeches and a choir singing. Bed-time stories for children will also be read before they go to sleep. 

From 10pm onwards, whānau will get into their cars. 

Latif says a community tent will be erected where karakia will take place for those wanting to stay up through the night. 

At 5am tomorrow morning, porridge will be provided for everyone.

Funds raised through this event will go to Monte Cecilia Housing Trust, a South Auckland-based organisation that offers a range of housing services to support low-income families. 

Donations can be made direct to 38-9003-0066858-09, with PARKUPMANGERE as a reference.

Homelessness has been the topic of discussion in recent months. Te Pūea Marae in Mangere has been hosting homeless whānau for the past two months, providing them with beds, kai and a hot shower. 

Volunteers have worked tirelessly to provide for those in need and continue to do so now. 

 

More than 50 whānau have been provided with shelter and support from Te Pūea Marae. Some have already found permanent homes.

The Online News Team and Te Kāea will have updates on the #Parkupmangere event as proceedings take place tonight. 

For more, you can follow us on our Te Kāea Facebook page

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