Dedicated emergency housing for young people has been set up in Auckland for rangatahi sleeping rough or staying in unsafe accommodation, Stuff confirms. Aaron Hendry, youth housing team leader for Lifewise and Manaaki Rangatahi co-ordinator, moved the first resident into the secure hotel accommodation on Tuesday. It’s a far cry from when New Zealand moved into level 4 last year, and he had to tell vulnerable 16-year-old wāhine: “Sorry there’s a chance we are turning you back onto the street.”

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