The Herald reports:
John Tamihere says as Auckland’s mayor he would create an 0800 JACINDA hotline to call if residents see rough sleepers or beggars.
Anyone who called the number would find a “person all loving and caring that knows everything about your wellbeing” on the other end, he said. A social worker would then be sent to work with the beggar.
Homeless people causing a “nuisance” by sleeping rough would be asked to go with the social worker – or find themself in breach of the law, Tamihere said this afternoon as he released his begging and homelessness policy in the run-up to October’s election.
I’m laughing at calling it 0800 JACINDA. I’d bet a large amount of money Matt McCarten came up with that idea.