There's a call for charities to stop putting people out on the street to collect money.

Wellington city councillor Iona Pannett says "chuggers" profit from a form of mild harassment.

She says there are ways of encourage fundraising without making people feel uncomfortable.

"I do just worry a bit when it's about money, and the mechanism for accessing it when there is no consent implied."

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"There's a bit of pressure that goes on to support the organisation, and it could be seen as a form of mild harassment even if it is done politely and with good intentions."

'Chugger' is a portmanteau of 'charity' and 'mugger'.