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Homeless man dies on the Auckland cemetery bench he called home

Note; the image above is not of the man concerned.
Shame, shame on the Nats. I saw another headline today with Bill English saying it wasn’t their fault people are homeless. All they need to do is go to WINZ he reckons. Clearly he hasn’t had any need to go to WINZ himself (and wouldn’t when he only pays a pittance for tax like a tiny percentage of what the workers pay) & he doesn’t realize all they’ll get is into deep debt in emergency motel accommodation. What stress awaits these poor people. And I’ve also seen this week reference to the suicides happening with people driven by this same government (really corporate) department. Again shame on the Nats, under their watch child poverty is up, & so is homelessness. And under their watch an old gentleman dies on a park bench in the freezing cold. And 3K landbanked state homes sit empty in the same city. What have we come to? May this dear man rest in peace.
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From stuff.co.nz

A well-known homeless man who had a cheeky smile and lovable nature died on a bench in an Auckland cemetery.

Keith Johnson, died aged 57 on the same bench he had sat on most days for the past four years in St Peter’s cemetery in Onehunga on July 1.

Johnson was not in the best of health, and his alcoholism may have contributed to his death, those close to him say.

The public has responded to Johnson’s death with an outpouring of grief. Mementos including a surfboard, table spreads, flowers and notes have been left at the bench he used to occupy.

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Constable Don Allan would regularly walk the beat in the morning around the church and always looked out for Johnson.

“Keith was a loveable person and always had a cheeky smile,” Allan said.

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/94570247/homeless-man-died-on-the-bench-he-called-home