Auckland's Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre officially reopened

Many of those present were urging the government to increase the number of refugees we take in. Source: 1 NEWS



Man dies after emergency services called to public disorder incident

Police investigating the death of a man who died in the Auckland suburb of Mt Wellington early this morning say he was unconscious when emergency services arrived.

Police were called to the Bernard Street address at about 12.20am to a report of public disorder.

The 42-year-old man was immediately given first aid but died shortly after, Detective Senior Sergeant Colin Higson said.

Police believe at least four men, aged in their late teens and early 20s, were involved in the initial altercation with the victim.

One person has died in an incident in Mt Wellington, Auckland
One person has died in an incident in Mt Wellington, Auckland Source: 1 NEWS

Neighbours told ONE News they didn't hear anything untoward.

Community leader Tom Haitoua runs the community centre opposite the house and told ONE News the area is a Black Power stronghold with shops on Bernard St owned by the gang and their president living in the district.

He says it is mostly state houses and generally safe and the family at the house in question are Tongan and don't have gang relations.

The whole street has been cordoned off and a post mortem will be conducted.

Police want to talk to the people involved and are appealing to any witnesses or anybody who has information about the incident to contact them.

A police investigation is underway after a 42-year-old man was found unconscious on a Mt Wellington street. Source: 1 NEWS

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South Auckland refugee centre unveiled after $15.9m revamp

The Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland has been officially reopened.

Many of those present were urging the government to increase the number of refugees we take in. Source: 1 NEWS

And while the unveiling of the $15.9 million project was a cause for celebration, many present said it showed New Zealand was more than capable of taking on more refugees.

The Government this week announced they would increase the annual Refugee Quota to 1000 from 2018/19.

"I'd like to think with these magnificent new facilities, one of the further commitments we could make is that we could double our quota," said Labour leader Andrew Little.

"We could go up to 1500 and still achieve the same quality resettlement that we have at the moment."

Refugees spend their first six weeks at the centre when they enter the country.

Former refugee Faisal Farghaly lived in the old facilities two years ago, when his family first arrived in New Zealand from Sudan.

"Now, it's fantastic. It's very nice," he told ONE News.

Many present at the unveiling of the $15.9m project said it shows NZ is capable of taking on more refugees. Source: 1 NEWS

He encouraged the government to continue increasing the quota.

Prime Minister John Key responded: "You can always take more."

"But the question becomes 'does that dilute the service that you provide?'

"We've always said the most important thing is that when people come here they get the complete wrap-around service.

"And that's everything from housing support, financial support, education for their family and mental health services they might require."

Mr Key said the government wasn't ruling out taking more refugees "in the future."