On April 1, a bylaw came into effect in Tauranga banning begging and rough sleeping near shops in three of the city's public shopping districts. It followed months of debate. Struggling retailers cried out for help to put a stop to the aggressive begging they said was damaging their businesses. The bylaw was seen as a test case for other towns around New Zealand with similar issues. In opposition stood many people who worked with the homeless and believed the bylaw was a punitive attempt to sweep the problems under the rug without dealing with the root cause. Now a

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