At the seafront end of Bourke St, Woolloomooloo, is the actor Russell Crowe’s $14 million Finger Wharf apartment. Go 500 metres up the street and you reach Bourke St Park – or, as everyone seems to know it, Kiwi Park.
Kiwi Park, because traditionally this is where homeless New Zealanders in Sydney gather and sleep: the most obvious face of the estimated nearly 150,000 Kiwis living in what one advocacy group calls “precarious situations” in Australia.
It is encircled by homelessness support services, but they can’t offer much help to New Zealanders, because Kiwis who arrived in Australia after February 2001 aren’t eligible for the most basic of state benefits – unemployment, healthcare, and housing. More . .