Slow start to begging campaign

Last updated 08:16 02/07/2013

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A campaign to reduce begging on Wellington’s street has got off to a quiet start, with the planned charity boxes still in the works.

About 120 posters for the alternative giving campaign went up yesterday, along with a website directing people to donate to charities involved in supporting the homeless.

About 20 bus-stops featured the advertisement, which also appeared on the backs of two buses. The charity boxes, intended to give people an immediate physical alternative to giving money, are expected late in the year.

Wellington City Council launched the campaign in response to growing public concern about begging, particularly opportunist begging.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown welcomed the move and said it was not good for anyone to have a significant number of beggars on the streets.

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