Overshadowed by the bright streetlight at night, the streets in Auckland City wake up to show their true colours in the early morning. And the spectacle goes quite against the city's reputation as one of the best tourist areas in New Zealand.
It is estimated that 41,000 people in New Zealand are homeless, meaning 1 in 100 Kiwis (a nickname for New Zealanders) are either without shelter or temporary accommodation, according to the research done by University of Otago. And that is the highest homelessness rate of the OECD countries.
While the shortage of affordable housing in Auckland is considered as a significant factor, many homeless people's addiction to drug and alcohol is also known to exacerbate the crisis.