More than 500 cars park up to support homeless families in south Auckland video

Chris McKeen

Almost a thousand people gathered to spend the night in their cars in Mangere in support of those most affected by Auckland's housing crisis.

It was 11 degrees Celsius in south Auckland on Thursday night.

But outside there was singing, cheering and hugging. Crowds were being fed and hot drinks were distributed. There were smiles, and lots of them.

Around one thousand people showed up to 'Park up for homes' in Mangere, most of whom have chosen to sleep in their cars overnight. 

Children in their winter pyjamas attend a "peaceful protest".
Chris McKeen/Fairfax Media NZ

Children in their winter pyjamas attend a "peaceful protest".

Why? To show solidarity for many Kiwi families who say they are homeless and forced to sleep in their vehicles every night.

READ MORE:
Homeless family with a premature baby sleeping rough in an Auckland marae
South Auckland cancer sufferer forced to live in van with family
Homeless Aucklanders could receive $5000 grant to be rehoused out of city
Government set to give money to Te Puea Marae for housing homeless 

 
Mangere Town Centre was packed as people cheered speakers including Labour MP S'ua William Sio.
Chris McKeen/Fairfax Media NZ

Mangere Town Centre was packed as people cheered speakers including Labour MP S'ua William Sio.

Sat in the back of a minivan cloaked in blankets were two brothers, aged three and four, happily gnawing on their own food their mother prepared.

Children as young as four, most in their flannelette pyjamas held signs saying, 'All kiwi kids should live in warm and dry homes', and, 'We are here because we care'.

The event, also known as #parkupmangere, had a pulsing vibe of community as people from down the road to Te Awamutu and Tolaga Bay came together to show families living rough that they were not alone.

Many signs protested Auckland's current housing market.
Chris McKeen/Fairfax Media NZ

Many signs protested Auckland's current housing market.

Organisers reminded attendees it was a "peaceful protest" as Auckland's housing market reached "crisis point".

Ad Feedback

Local businesswoman Charlotte Perenara, owner of Massey Road Seafoods, wasn't part of the event team but helped out anyway, holding 'Park up for Mangere' signs and ushering crowds.

She didn't realise "how bad" the situation of families living in vehicles was until she heard that Te Puea Marae, the township's local marae, had opened its doors to the homeless.

A community came together to help others.
CHRIS MCKEEN/FAIRFAX NZ

A community came together to help others.

So she donated boxes of fresh fish from her store to help feed the overwhelming amount of people.

"At one point we saw our customers living at the marae and we didn't even know," she said.

"Little ones and their parents... it's sad, and we need to support them."

Julie Meagher travelled two hours from Te Awamutu in the Waikato to park up overnight.

She couldn't understand why so many families were homeless in New Zealand as a first world country.

"I really, really, feel for families who live in cars," she said.

"When I really put myself in their shoes, have empathy for them and compassion, I just don't know how they do it. It's really horrible and it's not right and something needs to happen".

Councillor Cathy Casey called over a crowded town centre for Prime Minister John Key, who was invited to the event, but as of 10pm had not shown.

Labour MP's Su'a William Sio and Louisa Wall attended the event.

Sio said the Government was "drunk with arrogance" and that the community knew better about how families were living.

Event co-organiser Justin Latif was blown away with the number of people who had shown.

"With over 500 cars coming it shows this is a serious issue to so many Kiwis," he said.

The event would run from 6pm on Thursday until 6am on Friday.

 - Stuff

Ad Feedback
special offers
Auckland

Girls rule at graffiti festival

Auckland-based muralist Adore (aka Emily Gardener) prepares for three days of painting at the Graffiato festival in ...

Seven of the 10 graffiti artists this year are women.

Council should butt out on smoking

The Auckland Council has signed on to a government plan to make New Zealand smokefree by 2025.

OPINION: Damien Grant does not want local government telling him what he can do to his own body.

Battle over Cissy's estate video

Cissy Chen was known for her caring and strong-willed nature.

Cissy Chen's husband, who was acquitted of her murder, is heading back to court over a multimillion-dollar estate.

800 Words' Michelle Langstone and her best mate

'At one point Caroline would refer to my relationship problems with men I was dating as "The Troubles."'

Actress Michelle Langstone and director Caroline Bell-Booth met as Drama School students.

Wellington

'Reluctant' motor-racing champion

Denny Hulme developed his love of cars as a youngster working at the one and only garage in Motueka.

Our only F1 champion, Denny Hulme, took his fame in his stride.

Cop car rammed 

The driver did not stop for flashing lights.

Teen driver refused to stop for close to 35km, leading police on a lengthy chase.

Assault victim critical

A scene guard is in place at the site where a 49-year-old Napier man was assaulted early on Sunday morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 49-year-old man was assaulted on Sunday morning in Hastings.

'Change' for all NZ video

Labour's immigration policy survived coalition negotiations, Jacinda Ardern says.

Jacinda Ardern has revealed the new government's stance on migration, capitalism and "meaningful change".

Canterbury

Wanaka's rich, white growing pains

The growing Central Otago town of Wanaka, seen from Mt Roy.

Long-known as Queenstown's quieter cousin, Wanaka is experiencing huge growth. Can its charm survive the boom?

East frame re-jig looms

New Labour cabinet minister Megan Woods: "One of the things that we would do is have a look at that [east frame] ...

Christchurch's east frame anchor project could be reviewed under the new Labour-New Zealand First coalition.

'Devoted to caring for others' video

Jaimey Leigh Fellows, who was killed in a car crash overnight, has been remembered as a funny and genuine woman who ...

Mum of woman who died in crash near Burnham says her daughter was "funny, lovely".

Arson suspected at Chch school

A fire at a hall being built for Linwood North School was suspected to be arson.

Fire at Linwood North School "absolutely devastating", being treated as suspicious.

Waikato

Boy exhibits trains at first show

Jonathan Siddapur, 11, spent two years building his first layout.

The 11 year old is the youngest exhibitor at the Model Railway Exhibition at Hamilton Gardens.

Life changed forever

Tayla Holmes had a look at what was left of her car once she got out of hospital.

Tayla Holmes survived the crash, but she'll never be the same.

SH5 still closed

Traffic was being diverted on State Highway 5 at 11am, more than three hours after the accident.

Logs spilled all over the road after a logging truck rolled.

Stalker's decade of cyber terror video

Alice, left, and Harriet Campbell, right, have been stalked obsessively over the internet by a man in the United States ...

Harriet Campbell was 14 when she attracted the attention of the teen who would terrorise her.

Taranaki

Thwarted by the Makos again video

Taranaki captain Charlie Ngatai is targeted by Tasman's Mitchell Hunt after scoring.

The Makos win a one-point thriller to set up an all-South Island final in the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership.

Crash victims assessed

Emergency services are at the scene of a two car crash on the intersection of Main Rd North and Princess St in Waitara, ...

Police, fire and ambulance sent to crash scene in Waitara.

Here comes the model railway video

One of the trains pulls into the New Plymouth station at the New Plymouth Model Railway Club.

One of the tracks is a real life simulation of a train journey from New Plymouth to Palmerston North.

From trio of crashes to triathlons

Steve Webber and wife Louisa are off to the World Xterra Championships later this month.

He's broken his back, collarbone and his ribs twice, but now he's back on his bike at a world championship level.

Manawatu

Fireworks and your furry friends

Fireworks are great to look at, but the noise and lights can be terrifying for pets.

PAWS AND CLAWS: Guy Fawkes can be a terrifying experience for our pets.

Practical magic video

The tools of furniture maker Rowan Dicks' trade.

Rowan Dicks makes furniture that isn't just run-of-the-mill.

Men, money and moving on

Inbar Lavi plays serial con artist Maddie in Imposters.

OPINION: I have this vivid memory of Basil Fawlty angrily attacking his car with a tree branch.

Principal's full-time siren sounds

Retired Manchester St School principal Rex Wheeler has more time to spend reconditioning his 1937 Studebaker Gran ...

After 43 years in the district, principal Rex Wheeler has more time for tinkering.

Nelson

'Extreme pain' after sting ray attack

A fisherman was taken by air ambulance to Nelson hospital after he reported being stung by a sting ray on Boulder Bank ...

Fisherman airlifted off Nelson's Boulder Bank after reports he was stung.

Tasman upset Taranaki

Tasman winger James Lowe shows plenty of commitment on defence against Taranaki's Declan O'Donnell.

A 25-point haul from Mitch Hunt secures Tasman a place in next week's final.

Canadian tramper found

Canadian national, Owen Thurston, was last seen near Mt Rintoul in Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Nelson police locate Canadian tramper.

Man seriously injured by machinery

A man aged "in his 40s" was trapped in timber yard machinery at a Tasman saw mill and flown to hospital with serious ...

Worker trapped in a timber machine at a Tasman saw mill for more than 30 minutes.

Marlborough

All access

NZ Access technician Tim Newton lowers himself into a wine tank during a training exercise.

The thought of confined spaces can drive some people up the walls. Not these guys.

Men 'fell like a pack of cards'

Four men were on the deck outside the Portage Resort Hotel's restaurant and bar in the Marlborough Sounds when a rail ...

A group of men fell off a Marlborough hotel deck "like a pack of cards" after a railing collapsed, a witness says.

Think outside the ball

Jemma Funnell shows off a kokedama ball, on display at Thomas's Department Store in Blenheim.

The latest gardening trend to come out of Japan, dubbed the "poor man's bonsai", is bouncing its way to Marlborough.

Cafe starts cup-swap scheme

SwappaCups are made from glass and non-toxic plastic.

BV Gourmet hopes to soon have a revolving door of glass coffee cups, with none going to waste.

South Canterbury

It's coming down

Owner of the Hydro Grand, Allan Booth.

Timaru's Hydro Grand Hotel could be reduced to rubble by the end of November.

Disease 'contained'

22092017 News Photo: TOM LEE/STUFF - Dairy Cow, Farming, Fonterra, Cattle. Milking, Dawn Morning.

Ministry for Primary Industries confident Mycoplasma bovis is contained.

'Cautious optimism'

Federated Farmers South Canterbury chairman Mark Adams.

Hopes and fears have been raised by prominent South Canterbury figures now our new Government has been revealed.

Farewell to commissioner

Fairlie Primary School commissioner Terri Johnstone has said farewell to the school.

Fairlie Primary School is in a state of self-governence once more.

Otago

Ex-convict in compo bid

Rex Haig, of Dunedin, is hoping to lodge a compensation claim with the Government.

Rex Haig's murder conviction was quashed, but his fight for justice is far from over.

Location scout's extraordinary life video

Dave Comer was considered New Zealand's first professional film location scout.

From Barry Crump commercials to Peter Jackson blockbusters, Dave Comer connected NZ's landscapes with its people.

Fire rages near Te Anau

A large scrub fire covering more than 1300 hectares started at Mt Prospect Station near Te Anau.

Six helicopters are helping fight an out-of-control Southland blaze that's spread to more than 1300 hectares.

Boy seriously hurt in crash

A rescue helicopter lands at the crash site.

The long weekend is off to a bad start in the South Island, with a three-vehicle crash leaving a boy with serious injuries.

Southland

Fire rages near Te Anau

A large scrub fire covering more than 1300 hectares started at Mt Prospect Station near Te Anau.

Six helicopters helping fight out-of-control blaze that's spread to more than 1300 hectares.

Fishing for all

Greg Sheppard, from Te Anau's, Trout Observatory releases a rainbow trout into McGregor's Pond near Te Anau, under the ...

Southerners are spoilt for choice this weekend in terms of things to do.

Southland fraudster sentenced

The Invercargill District Court.

A Southland fraudster who admitted 16 dishonesty charges has been sentenced to community detention.

A passion for the immortal Mustang

Wayne Fabish, of the Taranaki Mustang Club, spent four years building up his 67 Mustang, which he is showing for the ...

The 38th National Mustang Convention taking place in Invercargill this weekend.

Ad Feedback