On Tuesday night hundreds of volunteers walked the streets of Auckland to count the number of homeless people.
It was the first ever audit of the number of rough sleepers in Auckland.
Six-hundred and forty volunteers counted and surveyed rough sleepers in an area stretching from Wellsford in the north to Waiuku in the south.
Auckland mayor, Phil Goff, was one of the volunteers. “I was there as a foot-soldier working with hundreds of other volunteers.” he said
Volunteers were trying to get an accurate idea of how many people are homeless and understand how people are living.
The count will allow policy-makers to track whether decisions are having an affect on homelessness.
The final figures will be released next month.