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For the Rotorua Council to address the growing concerns of homelessness in Rotorua

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We have seen, over several months, an increase in the theft of cars and in homes, damage to the city, and most recently people being approached in their cars. People have been approached at supermarkets, the Central Mall or at fast food outlets, with some members of the community attempting to forcefully enter vehicles.

It is well overdue that the Rotorua Council, particularly Mayor Steve Chadwick, addresses the growing concerns that residents have for their immediate safety, and that of their children, parents, grandparents and wider family/friends. The response so far from Council has been fairly non-existent and largely ineffective. The Rotorua community is visibly growing, some of this growth has had to do with the placement of people in Emergency Housing over the lockdown period, and with this growth, there has been an increase in petty crime and anti-social behaviour. The Council need to act on the concerns of the community, this being that they address the issue of public safety to ensure that we ALL feel safe. Yes central government have a role to play in providing more housing, however, local Council have a role to play in ensuring the safety of its residents particularly in the CBD and central areas.

This petition is not designed to belittle those who are experiencing homelessness. It is designed to provide evidence to the Mayor of Rotorua that we, as a community, do not currently feel safe. 


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