(ed:..i couldn’t really care less if departed mayor brown had an affair or not..
what has really ground my gears with brown from just after day one -is that in his first election campaign brown promised to do just that – hand on heart (as only brown can with such (apparent) conviction/sincerity) he promised to help shelter the homeless of auckland..
and then he never mentioned them again..
and for me that will always be the legacy of len brown – how he turned his back on those most in need..
(yet another ostensibly labour politician also doing just that..?..(it must be a day ending in a ‘y’..eh.?.)
i wonder if goff will do any better..?..)
Phil Goff was officially sworn in as Auckland Mayor last night at Auckland Town Hall and spoke in his maiden speech of the hundreds of people sleeping rough around the city.
A hundred metres away from the pomp and ceremony a group of homeless men were bedding down on the steps of Aotea Square.
One Maori man who came to Auckland from Hawkes Bay five years ago to escape a life of crime said ‘Philly’ could help by building a night shelter in the city.
His friend Colin agreed.
‘This is part of my journey in life’ said the Maori man – slouched over a bag containing a sleeping bag – a blanket – or both.
‘Just call me Dog’.
The central city no longer has a night shelter – although the council recently allocated $250,000 a year for two years for the start-up costs of new emergency housing.