Episode 3: Open Arms, WhangāreiCulture, Health, New Zealand|2021|10:15|M
A trip to Whangārei provides an unexpected challenge to Six and forces her to questions some of her own assumptions about the solutions to homelessness. During Covid-19, the homeless of the city had been rehoused in a motel. Many of these came from a facility called Jubilee Park on the outskirts of the city. Six explores the grounds and finds evidence of life before the pandemic. This leads to a day centre, called Open Arms, that has been set up to help the homeless. Working in the kitchen as a volunteer is Carmen who had been a resident of the park before being rehoused during lockdown. Carmen seems lively, together and hard working so Six is puzzled as to how she ended up homeless. It’s an unexpected tale though it echoes many of the issues that Six recognises from K Road… particularly the need for community. This causes many of the homeless to return to the streets even if they have been housed. And when Six goes back to visit Jubilee Park with her subject she is surprised by a surprise revelation.