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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.

We have partnered with the Auckland City Mission to deliver the Street Guardian programme, which was developed in response to city centre businesses wanting to see begging addressed in our city centre.

Street Guardians is our positive approach to addressing begging in the city centre. It gives members of the city centre street community a weekly opportunity to spend the day undertaking activities with community organisations - and off the streets. Find out more about the programme here.