City is­sues still the same af­ter 30 years

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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.

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