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Hundreds camp out in solidarity with Auckland's homeless

Hundreds have turned up in Mangere this evening to camp out in their cars in a show of solidarity for the growing number of homeless families.

Hundreds have turned up in Auckland's Mangere this evening to camp out in their cars in a show of solidarity for the growing number of homeless families. Source: 1 NEWS

Father-of-two Reece Autagavaia brought his two and four-year-old who thought they were going camping.

Mr Autagavaia says while it may be fun for them for a night it's a reality for too many children.

ONE News has been told by people there tonight they are supporting those homeless families to let them know they are willing to help.

"We realise that this isn't a distant issue that other people are living. These are the lives that a lot of our families and people that we work with and people that we go to school with. These are the families that live down the road from us," Mr Autagavaia said.

"So it was important for us to come and show our unity with them and the struggles that they have," he said.

"And we're lucky that we can go home to a nice and warm home and bed. But for those that aren't so fortunate, we're asking New Zealanders to ask whether that's the sort of New Zealand that we should have.

"That's not the New Zealand I grew up with, that's not the New Zealand I want my kids to grow up with and I think we need to make some sort of change."

Those camping out for the night believe the effort will make a difference.

Camping out at Mangere in show of solidarity with homeless Source: 1 NEWS

Some MPs have flown up from Wellington to camp out tonight too.