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Te Puea stops taking in new families

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/07/2016

Te Puea Marae in South Auckland is no longer taking in homeless families.

"As of tomorrow we won't be taking any more new whanau in," the marae said on its Facebook page on Saturday.

The marae will continue to care for five families until they find accommodation and will work with families who have already been rehomed until the end of August to make sure they're "truly back on their feet".

The marae opened its doors to people who were homeless at the start of winter and the high number of families seeking help became a political issue.

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