Te Puni Kōkiri & Anglican Church unite to support homelessness

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

A partnership between Te Puni Kōkiri and the Anglican Church aims to reach out to the homeless living on Auckland's streets.

According to Anglican Minister, Tony Brooking, “Our TPK family are here to do the work today for our homeless families to distribute resources.”

“We have health professionals, massage therapists in there, we have cooks here giving their time and skills for love.”

Organisers agree that they will never be able to achieve zero homelessness, however Matariki is a great opportunity to identify the increasing issues which lack support and dedicated organisations.

Mr Brooking says, “Some of our homeless families are affected by mental illness but where is the support for them, where are the resources, services have been cut, funding has been cut, all those things which people in their situation desperately need.”

Although the support from this partnership maybe small, it’s definitely a positive step towards creating brighter futures.