Vagrants need support
In answer to ‘‘Vagrant Invasion’’, Auckland City Harbour News, January 15.
In the last three years, I have become good friends with a former so-called vagrant person. He was homeless and has begged in the past.
John suffers from a mental illness and at 79 is left to fend for himself. He has been beaten up and John will give his last cent to a fellow street person.
These people need support and not to be shunned. Where is our sense of community?
It is very hard to ignore the plight of these people when obviously the government agencies have abdicated their responsibilities.
Many of these people suffer from mental illness and desperately need the right care and protection to get well.
When Carrington Hospital was preparing to close in 1990, the Labour Government promised to establish good outpatient facilities with the money from the sale of the government-owned assets. This never happened. Surely this is a disgrace and the governments since have made no effort to put in place adequate facilities.
What is the matter with us? The rich of Auckland continue to line their pockets and have become rich on the profits of former government assets. These assets, built up on the taxes of generations of New Zealand citizens, have now been sold and the investment lost to the people of Aotearoa. This I consider as the large scale threat to the community.