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As part of the review of the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw, Auckland Council were eager to understand the perspective of those who beg in the city centre.

For this reason, Auckland Council partnered with Lifewise and people with lived experience of the street to bring the voice of the street to decision makers. We used a co-design process to better understand the experiences of people who hustle in the city centre. Co-design is a person-centred process that acknowledges that people are the experts of their own lives.

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Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain

First and foremost, we would like to acknowledge those that have shared their stories with us. We acknowledge your courage, honesty, and your pain.

“Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui”

Secondly, an acknowledgement to Auckland Council for their willingness to learn, understand, and hear the voices of this community.

“Ngā mihi nui kia koutou”

To those who have passed away, we acknowledge your contribution to the community.

“Haere, haere, haere, haere atu ra”

To the wider whanau…

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

OUR Co-Design TEAM

Cook Island Māori, harmonica player, father,
Lifewise Merge Café Volunteer, co-designer

Ngā Puhi, mother – 4 by birth and 72
by street, ACSK/ASCL, Lifewise Merge Café Community
team – peer support, Auckland City Mission
committee member, co-designer

Ngā Puhi, Housing First – peer support
worker, co-designer

Kāi Tahu me Kāti Mamoe, Lifewise Merge Café Community
Team Lead, co-designer

Lifewise Merge Café Community team – community
development, co-designer

Auckland Council policy team,
father, ethnographer

street, voice, decision, begging