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Hundreds doss in cars in homeless protest

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/06/2016

Hundreds have spent the night sleeping in parked cars in south Auckland to show support for those sleeping rough.

Park Up For Homes was held in the Mangere town centre on Thursday night. More than 200 dossed down in their vehicles as the spotlight falls on the increasing numbers of homeless, especially in the country's biggest and most expensive city.

Opposition MPs were among those sleeping in their cars as temperatures in south Auckland hit a low of 7C on Thursday morning, according to the MetService.

Julie Meagher and her son Noah, 19, travelled from Te Awamutu to take part.

"It's not right that people in New Zealand should be homeless, especially families," she told the New Zealand Herald.

Event coordinator Justin Latif on Thursday night said the enormous response showed it was an issue close to Kiwis' hearts.

"Ordinary New Zealanders are saying what is being done for homeless people including many children is simply not enough," he told NZ Newswire.

"I would hope that government and parliament would take this really seriously because a lot of people have responded and those people represent voters."

Further events planned for Otara and Wellington.

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