May 23, 2016
Marae assessing homeless needs
A south Auckland marae says its history means it needs to find some way to respond to the city’s homeless problem.
Te Puea Memorial Marae chair Huri Dennis says the decision was made more than 50 years ago when the marae at Mangere Bridge was named after the Tainui leader who did so much to help her people when they were mired in poverty.
He told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson the decision to open the doors to the homeless had a lot of support, but the marae is still working out what it could mean in practice.
"There are those who are homeless, that seems to be the big discussion. There are those who just want a kai. There are those who want to be able to wash. There are those who need some clothes, who need some groceries. There are those who might want some time out, I don't know, but you can help in many ways, including offering them a bed," Mr Dennis says.
He says Te Puea is a busy marae, so it needs to talk with its whanau, its iwi and with government agencies about what action to take.
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