1 NEWS Reporter
A South Auckland marae is bursting at the seams.
Mangere's Te Puea Marae has shown great generosity over the past few weeks for the homeless in Auckland.
And now, a spokesman from the marae says they've had to turn people away because it's just too full.
You could be mistaken for thinking the marae was a supermarket car park, complete with trollies full of food.
A spokesman from the marae said Te Puea Marae had a long waiting list of people wanting to stay but they've had to turn people away.
"We don't want to, but we also don't want to be overloaded and fall over," the spokesman told ONE News.
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said physically going to places to see what's happening in places like Te Puea Marae gave one a more in-depth perspective.
"You see and hear things on the television about what's happening around the country but to go there and see it, I think definitely gives you a different perspective," Mr Flavell said.
The marae is choc-a-block and wants more food donations.
The marae is also open to extra hands to help cater for the people.
"If you can cook food, a spot of kai, if you're good with logistics, then that's good... we're here from eight in the morning until seven at night," one woman at the marae said.
A woman has been charged with murder following the death of a Taranaki man.
Rex Karaitiana, 50, of Eltham, was taken to hospital yesterday with suspected stab wounds, and died earlier today.
A 46-year-old woman has been charged with murder.
She is being held in custody and has interim name suppression.
Police are interested in hearing from anyone who noticed anything suspicious in Eltham yesterday.
They also want to know of any sightings of a green, 1999 Ford Laser, 5-door hatchback in the Eltham-Kaponga area.