Living Rough in Thames Mangroves

Written by on May 2, 2023

A group of homeless people are living in mangroves less than two blocks from the main street of Thames.

It has been revealed that at times there have been up to 14 people living in a make-shift village comprising of tents and canvass covers.

The site, between Danby Field and Goldfields Shopping Centre also flanks a children’s playground and a skateboard park.

Residents living rough are using local supermarket waste bins as a source for food.

The Goldfields manager said that those running businesses at the centre along with staff had had enough and while there appeared to be no easy fix, those living in the mangroves needed to be moved on.

But there appears no immediate solution.

CFM is seeking comment from Thames Coromandel  District Council.


Reader's opinions
  1. Dam. Ian   On   May 3, 2023 at 9:36 am

    sad to read that the concern is about locals having had enough of knowing these people are there and should be moved on.
    shouldn’t the reporting be about how as a.society we should be fed up that we allow, create and ignore the scenarios that lead to people living this way. our health housing and social systems.are broken by monetizing every human need. our bankrupt student population will be in the mangroves next.

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  3. Ella   On   May 6, 2023 at 11:34 am

    What was truly unbelievable was the comments made by the representitive from the local business association during the on-air discussion of this topic. As if complaining about the “bad look” for the local businesses to have “these people” around wasn’t callous enough, she then went on to claim that the safety of children playing in the nearby playground was also in serious jeopardy. Her implication that all homeless people are somehow dangerous was mind-bogglingly unempathetic and prejudiced. How about making a bit more of an effort to understand the factors that force people to sleep under mangrove trees and forage in supermarket dumpsters, and then maybe using your position of extreme privilege to come up with a helpful, truly community-focussed solution?

  4. Lisa   On   July 20, 2024 at 11:02 am

    they need a place to go that is safe, warm and shower and toilet and able to make food. Even if basic gas cookers. Most get little bits of money but food is a priority. 🙏 Please Thames council find them somewhere safe to be.

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