A private and company-sponsored solution to South Auckland’s homeless

via Maori TV

Mangere’s Te Puea Marae has signed its first agreement to work alongside private sector companies to provide support for the marae’s homeless whānau.

The marae made headlines around the world last year for taking in and supporting homeless people and whānau.

The agreement or kawenata, will see the marae work with Dempsey Wood Civil, Skills Update and Ernst and Young.

Te Puea Marae chairman Hurimoana Dennis said the colloboration would provide support for the marae’s homeless whānau.

“We’re just widening our opportunities to offer the families when they get to us.”

So a private organisation and private companies get together.  Who would  have guessed that was possible?  Surely only a government can do these things?  And do them well?  /sarc  

Mr Dennis said the agreement would see their whānau have the chance to complete job training and work towards employment.

“We’re anxious to bring in the support of these big orgnasiations but we don’t want to waste anybody’s time.”

Ensuring the right support reached the right whānau was key, Mr Dennis said.

“You might say I need four pairs of socks and end up with 4000 socks all the wrong colour.”

Help has to be directed.  You just have to look on the back step of the local Red Cross store after a weekend to see everyone dumping their unwanted shit there.  It’s actually costing charities to get rid of it.

I wish the Marae and its partnership well.  They are clearly focused on making a difference and are looking at other avenues where the government isn’t providing the assistance they would like to provide.

As it should be.



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