Begging is a complex issue and there are generally multiple reasons why people live and/or beg on the streets. New Zealand and international best practice tells us that the most effective way to effect change is to address the drivers of begging, rather than simply deal with the effects. This requires strong leadership and a collaborative approach.
Lifewise has worked closely with people who’ve experienced homelessness along with Auckland Council to understand the perspective of those who beg in the city centre. The co-design process they used resulted in the Inside the Cup report which will inform future initiatives.
We are also working on ways to offer alternatives to people who have previously seen begging as their best option.