Va­grants need sup­port

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

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.

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