On the night of the 22nd of May The Auckland Rough Sleepers Initiative conducted its 10th Street Count. It is conservatively estimated that at least 200+ people were sleeping rough on the night of the count. At 147 the last street count in 2014 passed the 100 mark for the first time. Read more here: Auckland City Street Count Results 2016.pdf
These are indicative figures on the extent of homelessness in Auckland. The experiences of people’s rough sleeping has been illustrated in the media lately. On John Campbell, RNZ Checkpoint, last night one young girl talked about her experience.
“It’s not actually that easy”she says – to live in a van with the rest of the eight members of her family. This is what 11 year old TA, would say to John Key if she could.See the media here.