The issue of dealing with the beggars in our cities is a complex one but Wellington City Council is about to use $1m of ratepayer's money to help solve the city's begging problem.

The money will be used to fund programmes that address begging and anti-social behaviour.

Walk down any of the capital main streets and it's not hard to miss them and it's an issue the Wellington Council is keen to address.

The initiative was suggested by the council's Social Development Portfolio Leader Brian Dawson, who says the money would only go to organisations that provide the activities - and would not be pocketed by the street beggars.

He says, with this fund those organisations such as the soup kitchen, can teach them food gardening skills.

But from a Māori perspective, the most important consideration is every person has fundamental rights.

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