Our approach to begging

Begging on the street is a growing issue. To find a solution, we need to work together so all Wellingtonians can have a good quality of life.

Our aim is to end begging in Pōneke by addressing its causes.

We’re taking a two-step approach to this by:

  • Working with central government and community support agencies to address the issues that cause begging; and
  • Pro-actively monitoring and managing our streets to mitigate the impact of begging.

It’s important to note that while homelessness and begging share some underlying factors, not all people who beg are homeless, and not all people who are homeless beg. You can find out more about our approach to ending homelessness at the link below.

Why are people homeless in Wellington?

What you can do

If you are concerned about someone who is begging or rough sleeping, phone our Contact Centre on 04 499 4444.

We handle these calls so agencies can focus on delivering their core services. It also means we’re able to follow trends around the city and allocate our resources effectively.

If you think the behaviour of someone on the street is unlawful or unsafe, phone Wellington Police on 04 381 2000. In an emergency, phone 111.