As the Poverty explosion spreads beyond Auckland to the regional centres, locals demand that ‘something must be done’ about the beggars…
Shop workers were also feeling intimidated and unsafe early in the morning and late at night.
“We had hoped this would come to its natural conclusion at the end of the [summer] tourist season when the weather got cold but unfortunately it appears pretty much the exact opposite has happened and it’s getting worse,” Barnes said.
St John area manager Brendan Hutchinson told the meeting the ambulance service was increasingly called on to treat drugged-up members of the group who were often high on synthetic cannabis to the point of being comatose.
The calls were stretching St John’s resources with the service often having to send two ambulances to the group’s main congregating point – Clive Square – because the beggars were aggressive or unconscious.
An Auckland Councillor is “frothing at the mouth” about sprinkler systems designed to deter people from congregating near CBD buildings at night.
The homeless and their advocates say they are designed to keep rough sleepers away by spraying them with water.
Newshub understands the drenching systems have been installed by at least three businesses and a school in the CBD, where about 177 people sleep rough, according to the 2016 Auckland City Street Count.
One of those businesses is private school ACG Senior College. A sign on its porch reads: “This area is now fitted with an automatic washing system 8pm to 6am. Please keep clear.”
…I say that as New Zealander’s, we must be forced to see the poverty on our streets. The failure of National underfunding health by $2.3Billion so the rich can get more tax cuts must be seen by those wanting to sweep the inequality away with their sight.
Those beggars you see on the street in larger and larger numbers? They are the failures of the system you are profiting from. You must be forced to see them.
We must be forced to see the squalor, we must be forced to see our free market failures, those who are wilfully blind to the injustice of the system must have that injustice thrust into their polite clean faces every day they go about their business.