Simon Collins is back at it, like he ever stopped.
Today he is pimping the poor and the homeless…and his poster girl is a stunning example of stupidity and poor life choices.
At 42 and homeless herself, Delia Tutaki has become a stand-in grandmother for younger women trying to survive on Auckland’s cold winter streets.
Ms Tutaki, who has two grandchildren of her own in Australia, has been living in her car for the past month with her Staffordshire bull terrier, Mya, after leaving a gang-affiliated, drug-using background in Tauranga.
“I’ve broken away from family because the lifestyle was not doing any good for me,” she said. “I came here to make a change and stabilise and hopefully come down off my methadone.”
She has not used illegal drugs or alcohol since she left Tauranga in February. She has worked as a caregiver but said she could not apply for jobs in Auckland until she had somewhere to live, and could not apply for housing because at the time she decided not to get a phone so that her old associates could not find her.
She stayed for three months at the James Liston Hostel but was asked to leave because of Mya, who has been with her for eight years.
“I got her because of my issues with my addiction and what not. She’s therapeutic for me – unconditional love.”
Ms Tutaki now stays in her car and has a cellphone, parking in places where there are toilets and free Wi-Fi.
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