Local elections 2019


A Rotorua council candidate who suggested housing homeless people in a barn has been slammed by other candidates - including one who says in their view his comments are ''offensive'' and ''inhumane''.

John Rakei-Clark made the remarks at a Chamber of Commerce meet-the-candidates event on Wednesday night.

At the event Rakei-Clark said, in regards to the homeless issue, "let's make a change".

"Homeless. There's homeless and there's also family housing," he said.

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"Homeless, let's stick 'em in a barn ... and let's get WINZ to pay for it."

John Rakei-Clark said his comments were advocating for the homeless and came from a place of love. Photo / Stephen Parker
John Rakei-Clark said his comments were advocating for the homeless and came from a place of love. Photo / Stephen Parker

He yesterday stood by his comments despite the criticism and said he

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