I went to a meeting yesterday . 26 people – really good hearted people from all walks of life – called together by Barrister Jo Wickliffe to see if we could help solve a problem.
You see, Auckland City doesn’t have a night shelter.
So homeless women, men , and young people are taking nightly refuge wherever they can – doorways, bus shelters, even bushes in parks.
Auckland City Council have recently been waging a heartless campaign on people who are sleeping in bus shelters. Council workers, supported by police, have been moving homeless people on and putting all their possessions into a rubbish compacter truck.
It’s cruel behaviour made possible by demonising a group of our fellow New Zealanders as the undeserving “homeless”.
Much harder when you know them by name.
They are not all drug addicts and alcoholics or professional beggars. Many are people just like you or I who , for whatever reason, fell upon hard times and need a bit of kindness to help them get up again.
So here is a brilliant 10 minute film about Don – shot one evening in Queen Street Auckland by cameraman Conan Fitzpatrick.
Please watch and share.
It’s a story of hope in that it reminds us that there ARE good people in the world who do good things.
Conan had just sat down and begun interviewing Don when a group of Argentinian High School Students came along , sat down with them and then one of the young women asked Don a simple question…
“So.. how are you?”
What happened next is a lesson in compassion that Mayor Goff and every Auckland City Councillor needs to learn.
Auckland needs a night shelter and if we have to make this an election issue next year – then we will.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.