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Reflecting Karangahape Road

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Resident artist Mel Sams adding character to trash bins along K’ Road

By Christopher Evans

A group of artists with experience of homelessness have introduced a splash of colour on Karangahape Road.

The redevelopment of one of Auckland’s most iconic thoroughfares provided opportunities for art.

The vibrant art reminds residents, workers and visitors of the distinctive character of this part of our city.

Artists including the Lifewise sponsored Piki Toi Collective have turned rubbish bins, and other street furniture, into art.

The seats the Piki Toi crew painted are a homage to Hape, Karangahape Rd and links to Ihumātao.

“We’ve named our seats te karanga a Hape, says Tiare Turetahi, Ngati Kahungunu. The the seats’ korero is about our connection to whenua and how important it is to our wellbeing. Making this work on K’ Road has given us the opportunity to share this story with other artists involved in the Harunga project and sharing whakawhanaungatanga with other people on the street.”

Karangahape Road has long been a haven for disenfranchised Aucklanders and people living at the edge of society.

The redevelopment is part of the city rail link project.

This major development will change the fabric of this pulsating inner city community.

Although change has benefits it is important to retain the essence of what makes K’ Road special.

Karangahape Road is a place where people who feel marginalized have a place to belong, be part of a community and a family.

The road is named after the legend of Hape. Hape was excluded from boarding the Tainui Waka, leaving Hawaiki, because he had a club foot.

However he wasn’t one to be left behind and hitched a ride with a stingray.

He beat his brothers here and performed a Karanga, traditional welcome, upon their arrival in Point England.

“This project is part of a plan to liven the streets while the infrastructural projects are ongoing,” says Michael Richardson, K’ Road Business Association. We identified the Harunga Project as an exciting opportunity to provide a temporary platform for the precincts’ creative community. It livens the streets with vibrancy, creativity and colour. The artists involved have developed their concepts to reflect heritage and explore future visions for this creative precinct.” 

Peer Support

Peer Support by Six,,

Homeless Helping Homeless

If you’re down and out and there seems no place to turn, LifeWise offer peer support for the homeless by people who have been homeless.

Government departments, dispute processes and legal matters can be hard to deal with when you’re just dealing day to day or pay to pay.

Craig Schaumkell, peer support worker, Tainui and German, says there is a lot of stuff that is handy to know.

“When my dad died I came back from overseas to help my mum and to heal myself, says Craig. I thought my mum would know what to do, but she didn’t. And neither did I. I struggled to get any sort of help. Not knowing what I was entitled to made me really angry. It is really handy to know what your entitlements are.

Some of our people struggle with the processes.

We’re dealing with people with addictions. We’re dealing with people with mental health issues and illiteracy. They are lacking a lot of skills.

I struggled myself a bit at school. I had to learn a lot of things including how to deal with people in general.”

Justine McFarlane, Programme Lead, Community Services, grew up all over the world but has called New Zealand home for the last 20 years.

Justine says she met her husband in Hong Kong and he bought her to Aotearoa where the couple have raised two daughters.

Justine has managed her own small business and worked for Work and Income NZ before joining the LifeWise team a little more than a year ago

There are two parts to peer support, says Justine.

“Sometimes you just need someone who has had that life experience to talk to, says Justine. Often people just need someone to listen to them.”

Justine also explains that a lot of the work is offering advise, to advocate or assist.

Common problems peer support workers face include, how to access emergency housing, how to get your benefit back, tenancy issues and how to navigate available social services

Listen to full interview here

Community Meals

Community Meals If you’re hungry but don’t know where to get a feed from, here is a list of CBD food and meal providers.

Monday – Sunday, 24/7, Auckland Community Fridge, Griffiths Gardens, 42 Wellesley Street West 4 – 6pm Daily – New World collection 4:30pm Mon-Fri – Nourish Café collection Midday, Mon-Sun – Ian (Salvation Army) 

Auckland City Mission, 23 Union Street 

Monday – Friday Breakfast 7:30am – 10:30am Lunch 12pm – 2:30pm 

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays Brunch 10am – 12:30pm Lunch/Dinner 3:30 – 5:30pm 

Monday – Friday, 9:15pm – Ian from The Salvation Army, Auckland Central Library, 44 – 46 Lorne Street

Mondays, 12pm – Homeless No More, Meet at Aotea Square, then walk up to Queens Street and finish at Central library.

Monday 6 – 8pm – Everybody Eats, St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road.

Monday 6 – 7pm, Gratis Free Cafe, Community Hall, 17 Mercury Lane

Wednesday 6:30pm – Humanity NZ, Griffiths Gardens, 42 Wellesley Street West

Saturday 8:30pm – Handshake People, from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Mosque, walk to Griffiths Gardens

First Saturday of the month, 7pm – Feed The Homeless, Auckland central library, 44-46 Lorne Street

Third Saturday of the month, 3 – 5pm, Helping Our People, Griffiths Gardens, 42 Wellesley Street West

Fourth Saturday of the Month, 3 – 5pm (winter) & 4 – 6pm (summer) – Guru Nanak Free Kitchen, Griffiths Gardens, 42 Wellesley Street West

Sunday, 7am – Jacob Kim, Griffiths Gardens, 42 Wellesley Street West

Sunday 12:30pm, Thanks Mission, Auckland Central Library, 44-46 Lorne Street

Sunday 6:15pm, Ian, Auckland Salvation Army, Auckland Central Library, 44-46 Lorne Street

Stuff on Stuff

by Six

Six, the host of The K’ Road Chronicles on

Ever since Naashon Zalk, The K’ Road Chronicles, Director, proposed to me I’ve been practicing my acceptance speech.

“I’d like to thank Dark Lord Vader, Mum, my producers and obviously revered members of the Academy.

The unholy union between independent idealistic print, mass media and web is now available to view at

Meet some of my friends and whanau living at large. Listen to stories about street life from the people who live and die on this infamous road.

It’s raw. It’s gritty. It’s colourful and diverse.

It’s also heartwarming and is a testament to the people brave enough to share their experiences in an open, honest and sometimes brutal way.

It is a story of hope and courage, despair and disparity.

I’d like to thank Commissioning Editor, Carol Hirshfield, mainly because I’m contractually obliged and honestly for providing a platform for the street community to be heard in a larger court.

Brian Holland, Executive Producer, Top Shelf, says he has long wanted to do a show about being homeless.

“We had the rights to a BBC production called Filthy, Rich and Homeless. That program really changed the way I view homelessness. I was sympathetic but I opened my eyes a lot more,” says Brian.

The K’ Road Chronicles is an eight part web series Directed by Naashon Zalk. Each episode includes a personal account of street survival and living life in the low lane.

Naashon says he wanted to make the series because, despite so much being said in the media about homelessness, there was very little being said by the homeless.

“I wanted to find a way to give power back to the homeless in a way that is respectful, yet doesn’t gloss over the harsh facts of how they came to live on the street,” says Naashon.

I’d also like to thank Naashon’s daughter Noa, because she missed out on the school Disco because Dad was working late.

All the families and whanau who supported this project need their own pat on the back but there are too many to mention. How many? Too many.

The K’ Road Chronicles is produced by Top Shelf Productions with funding from New Zealand on Air.

The K’ Road Chronicle is a not for profit paper for the homeless, by the homeless. It is funded by skullduggery, sponsorship and a pinch of subterfuge.

And thank you, who read this far.

Greys Razed

Removal of soft fittings, asbestos and deconstruction of the Housing New Zealand (HNZ) residential estate at 139 Greys Ave gathers momentum this month.

Sarcha Hayter, Senior Communications & Engagement Advisor, says new housing at the central Auckland site is an opportunity to better utilise land, house more people and work in new ways to better support tenants.

“We will be creating a welcoming, supportive, and connected community within Greys Ave, and an environment that promotes greater health and well being for all our tenants,” says First Name .

Redevelopment of the land will see 87 old units that are no longer fit for purpose, replaced with more than 200 warm, dry, modern apartments. At least 80 apartments are designed for high and needs tenants, many of whom may currently be homeless. Extensive on-site wrap-around support services and community facilities offer a modern, supportive, urban community.

Timeline for the demolition and construction process.

April 2019 – August 2019

  • Soft fittings removed
  • safe removal of asbestos
  • deconstruction of the existing building

August 2019 – March 2020

  • Construction of podium

December 2020 – 2022

  • Construction of buildings


  • Building construction complete
  • Support services in place
  • Tenants move in
  • Party like its 1999

Asbestos removal.

An accredited asbestos removal company completes safe transportation and disposal of the asbestos. Removal is independently monitored to ensure no risk to surrounding areas or neighbours.


As much material as possible will be reused. Deconstruction ensures retention of materials that can be recycled and reused.

Native wood is being used by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to create new carvings and furniture.

Works will be carried out in accordance with Auckland Council requirements. This includes hours of work, contractor parking, noise and dust control.

Site hours:

Monday – Friday, 7.00am to 6.00pm

Saturday, 8.00am to 5.00pm

No work on Sundays or public holidays without written approval from Housing New Zealand.

Neighbours must be informed of additional work or maintenance in advance.

Site is secure and monitored regularly by security.

New Housing For 139 Greys Ave,City Centre,Auckland.

The redevelopment of the land will see 87 old units that are no longer fit for purpose,replaced with approximately 280 warm,dry,modern apartments. At least 200 apartments will be retained as state houses and 80 of those apartments would be designed for higher and complex need tenants many of whom may currently be homeless. There will be extensive wrap around support services and community facilities on-site to facilitate a modern,supportive,urban community we can be proud of.

As a neighbour who lives near this address, i wanted to inform you that demolition of the existing building will start early April 2019. Below is the current proposed timeline for the demolition and construction process.

April 2019-August 2019 Soft fittings removed

Safe removal of asbestos

Deconstruction of the existing building

August 2019-March 2019 Construction of building.

December 2020-2022 Construction of buildings.

2022 Building construction complete.

Supportive services in place.

Tenants move in

Church allows homeless to sleep overnight…

Nearly 15 years ago, St Boniface church in San Francisco began opening their doors for homeless people in need of shelter. The effort was started by Father Louis Vitale of the church,and community activist Shelly Roder,in 2004 and is known as the Gubbio project.

Hundreds of people each day pass through the church,using the pews to sleep on, and getting blanket from the staff.

”No question are asked when our guest walk into the churches; in an effort to remove all barriers to entry, there are no sign-in sheets or intake forms. No one is ever turned away; all are wqelcomed, respected and treated with dignity,” according to the Gubbio project website.


Orange Sky Bus will be providing Showers and Washing Machine around the Auckland REGION.

Orange Sky New Zealand provides a safe and reliable location for our friends on the streets to access clean laundry, and genuine conversations. Please share these messages to help provide support to our friends on the streets.