Plans for more homes but is it enough

By Mānia Clarke-Mamanu

Housing Minister Nick Smith has announced that 59 new social housing homes will be built in West Auckland. However, the South Auckland community, who turned out to support the Park Up for Homes event in Māngere last night, says it still doesn't answer the current homeless problem in Auckland.

196 homes on surplus Crown land in West Auckland and 30% is earmarked for social housing.

Minister for Building and Housing, Hon Nick Smith, says, “I will guarantee that with respect to those 59 houses specifically for Social Housing, will be for those families that have a high housing need.”

However, for the community of South Auckland who supported last night's Park Up for Homes event in Māngere, they say the government isn't doing enough to house Auckland's homeless.

“It's like a sacrifice for our brothers and sisters out there, they don't have hope, and we pray in our heart that the government will help them as soon as possible,” says Māngere homeless supporter Sisifa.

“This is an epidemic, it needs to change.  This is Aotearoa.  Why are people in New Zealand experiencing this? It doesn't make sense to me.  We are rich with the natural resources, we are rich with different services available,” says supporter Casey Panapa.

The community-led initiative was held to show solidarity for families who are sleeping in cars.

It was also a peaceful protest against the government. Hundreds came in support.

Panapa says, “It's come to that point where we need to scream, yell and cry for people to hear.”

Homeless supporter, Siosioa says, “I feel sorry for them, and I wish if I could do something to live in homes instead of cars.”

Nick Smith says in Auckland a record 40 houses are being built every working day. However, there are delays due to the demand.

“I am looking at every part of the supply chain, whether it be the resource consenting, the building consenting, the supply of land, to unblock every part of that supply chain,” says Minister Nick Smith.

A further two Park Up for Homes events will be held in Wellington and in South Auckland's Otara next Saturday.