Aotearoa New Zealand once had a proud history of centralised social responsibility and support towards all members of its community. Though a polarising topic of coversation, we had a welfare system which was an internationally recognised benchmark. Not to say it was a perfect system, it at least was a well-intentioned system built on the premise of compassion - a notion 'we' have lost sight of. The result of this ideological change is that the universal 'safety net' which was once available to all members of NZ society, now discriminates without applying individual context or compassion.
The result is evident in every community throughout our great and unique nation - an unprecedented escalation in homelessness and dire poverty. This is not an issue which can be swept from plain view. It is 'our'problem, a community issue, which therefore requires a community-based solution.
Real, tangible and long-term solutions are required to address the homelessness issues which simply go against the moral fabric of what it means to be a 'Kiwi'. I'm taking part in the 2017 Lifewise Big Sleepout to raise awareness for homelessness and to raise funds for a solution to this crisis which is simply not acceptable in my, and our, Aotearoa New Zealand.
He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata!