by Gareth Hughes
Tonight, Metiria Turei and I are sleeping rough in Auckland as part of the Lifewise Big Sleepout, to raise funds and awareness on homeless issues.
We’re not alone, and tonight we’re joined by two former Mayors, four members of Parliament, one Auckland councillor, one New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year, four Sir Peter Blake Trust Emerging Leaders plus an incredible array of leaders from the community and business sectors.
One-off events like these help raise awareness but the critical thing that needed is Government leadership to seriously inquire into homelessness issues and then develop an across-government homeless strategy backed up with resources. Every Kiwi deserves a warm, healthy home.