City issues still the same after 30 years
The Auckland City Harbour News archives show some things never change.
Big issues facing Auckland today such as homelessness, teacher shortages and dairy robberies were covered extensively throughout the paper’s 32-year history.
On July 9, 1985, the paper reported on how a growing number of Aucklanders were finding it harder and harder to make ends meet.
Back then there were about 70 people sleeping rough in the city. Over the last three decades the number has increased to more than 23,000 homeless in Auckland.
Services such as the Auckland City Mission were present back then and continue to provide those in need with food, healthcare and social services.
In recent years, the housing market has driven teachers out of Auckland with the cost of living too high.
In February 1995, Auckland also faced a teacher shortage as the rolls of Auckland’s schools increased.
The paper reported that fewer teachers were applying for jobs and there was a shortage of relieving teachers.
Fast forward to 2017, a recent survey found more than two thirds of Auckland’s new primary and intermediate teachers were thinking of leaving the city due to the cost of living.
Today Auckland principals want it to be made easier for foreigners to teach in New Zea- land to address the teacher shortage.
In July 1985, Ardmore Dairy on Jervois Rd was robbed and its two owners bashed with a hammer.
One of the owners received a fractured skull and the offender ran off with the till containing $400. after being struck more than 30 times with a baseball bat. Earlier this month it was robbed again.
In July, City Convenience Store on Ponsonby Rd was also targeted by an armed offender.
The offender pointed a gun at the dairy owner before running off with $100.
A homeless man walks through downtown Auckland wearing a blanket.