Cruise ship the answer for the homeless

(Paul Henry)
(Paul Henry)

Christchurch businessman, Garry House, has been thinking creatively about a solution to Auckland's homelessness problem, and he thinks he's found the solution -- cruise ships.

He thinks securing a couple of unused cruise ships from Europe and docking them in Auckland and Christchurch will house a few hundred people while the Government "replenishes the social housing stock".

He and a group of other businessmen say there are dozens of outdated passenger ships rotting in docks around Europe after new technology made them redundant.

Mr House has already found a possible contender, a passenger ship with 400 beds, and says it could be brought to Auckland for $5 million. It would then provide a short-term home for around two to three years.

He spoke with Paul Henry this morning.