Park Up move­ment heads to Par­nell

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE - ELESHA ED­MONDS

A protest against home­less­ness is head­ing to Prime Min­is­ter John Key’s neigh­bour­hood.

The Park Up For Homes move­ment is hold­ing its last planned Auck­land protest against home­less­ness and has cho­sen Par­nell as its fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

The event is ex­pected to at­tract around 150 peo­ple who will park up and sleep in their cars on the night of Au­gust 25.

Protest or­gan­iser Macken­zie Val­gre says a draw card for choos­ing Par­nell was that the Prime Min­is­ter’s house was in the area.

‘‘We are want­ing to bring this cri­sis into re­al­ity, take it to his doorstep…not lit­er­ally of course,’’ she says.

The ex­act lo­ca­tion will not be re­vealed un­til the morn­ing of the event.

The ini­tia­tive be­gan in Man­gere in June which at­tracted around 1000 peo­ple who wanted to show sol­i­dar­ity with those who were fac­ing win­ter liv­ing in a car or garage.

Other events have been run through­out Auck­land as well as Palmer­ston North, Welling­ton, Napier and Hamil­ton.

‘‘These protests are about show­ing sol­i­dar­ity with those who are cur­rently fac­ing home­less and ral­ly­ing the Government to take strong ac­tion,’’ Val­gre says.

‘‘We hope with Par­nell that the Government re­alises that Ki­wis all around New Zealand with dif­fer­ent so­cio-eco­nomic cir­cum­stances want the Government to do bet­ter.’’

National MPs Nick Smith and Phil Twyford are yet to re­spond to their in­vi­ta­tions the Par­nell event.

How­ever Green Party coleader Me­tiria Turei has con­firmed she will be at­tend­ing.

This is Turei’s sec­ond Park Up For Homes, hav­ing also at­tended the protest held at Par­lia­ment in June.

She says it is crit­i­cal that pres­sure is put on the Government to do some­thing about the num­ber of home­less peo­ple and fam­i­lies.

‘‘We need to front up to the peo­ple who we are mak­ing de­ci­sion for,’’ she says.

The event runs from Thurs­day at 7pm through to Fri­day at 6am.

Search Parkup­forhomes on Face­book for more event de­tails.

The Child Ac­tion Poverty Group is hold­ing its So­cial Se­cur- ity Sum­mit at the Univer­sity of Auck­land on Septem­ber 2.

Build­ing on last year’s in­au­gu­ral event, the sum­mit will fo­cus on the government’s ‘‘so­cial in­vest­ment ap­proach to wel­fare re­form’’. The day-long sum­mit will fea­ture guest pre­sen­ters who are ex­perts in the wel­fare sys­tem as well as a panel of so­cial ser­vice providers.

Visit cpag.org.nz to reg­is­ter.

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The Park Up For Homes events have been or­gan­ised to show sol­i­dar­ity with those fam­i­lies forced to sleep in their cars or garages.

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