A gang of 12 and 13 year old thugs are responsible for the worst burglary police in Hamilton have seen in a decade. The gang broke into the home of mother of two, Candy Atkinson, whilst she was out last week.
When Candy returned with her three young children she found her home had been burgled and the TV, Playstation and her other possessions were missing. She left to raise the alarm and came back a couple of hours later to find it had since been destroyed.
It was completely ransacked and vandalised.
You can see the shocking video here http://www.3news.co.nz/Burglars-target-home-twice-in-one-night/tabid/309/articleID/298081/Default.aspx. Whole rooms were turned over, food, paint and other material smeared over the floor & walls. Candy’s children’s toys chucked into the fireplace. Above the fireplace the words “Blood gang fck the law” were scrawled in pen on the wall.
In a press release issued today they said they had identified four boys aged 12-13 who they think may be responsible. In a press report that fastidiously avoided using the word “gang” they said
Offenders identified in Hamilton’s worst burglary in a decade
“A week on from what Hamilton Police described as the worst burglary they had seen in a decade, a young mother and her children still can’t sleep, despite Police identifying those responsible.
Hamilton City Tactical Coordinator, Senior Sergeant Freda Grace, said a week on from last Tuesday’s home invasion mother Candy Atkinson and her three young children were still cleaning up the mess.
“When Candy and her three children, aged seven, 11 and 12, arrived home that night a door left open was the first indicator something was amiss.
“Leaving the kids in the car she went in to investigate and found her home in a state that no one should have to witness. The interior was just horrible with food thrown all around and liquid poured everywhere, one of our experienced crime scene investigators described the scene as heartbreaking.”
Following media coverage of the damage to the family’s home Police began to build up a picture of what had happened and who was responsible.”Four boys aged 12-13-years-old have been identified and are being dealt with through Youth Aid.
Boys as young as nine are joining gangs, not for money and the lifestyle, but because they believe it’s what society expects of them.
The new research shows young men feel as if their teachers, families and communities have no faith in their abilities, so they turn to youth gangs for support.
As part of a 2011 study on the motivations behind gang membership, clinical psychology student Sarah Campbell interviewed seven young men who had been in a “crew”.
“They were very aware of the stereotypes in their environment and they lived up to them,” said Campbell, who based her masters thesis on the research.
“From what they were saying, they don’t seem to fit within society so they go and joined a group of young people who understand their situation.”
Campbell’s thesis identified five main factors that influenced and maintained the boys’ desire for youth gang membership: friends or family, money, a desire to participate in anti-social behaviour, neighbourhood surroundings and the negative reactions of others.
Although some of those factors were well-documented, the idea that gang membership was a “self-fulfilling prophecy” was fairly new, Campbell said.
The study quotes directly from the young men, all aged between 16 and 23, who had belonged to Hamilton gangs from as young as nine…” read more of the report here No choice but to take Bloods ties
We’ve said before and have no problem with saying it again: it takes the village to raise a child, the village is failing them in New Zealand.
It is hard working, honest people like Candy Atkinson who are being left to pick up the pieces of a failing society.
Elderly Chinese Tourists Robbed at Knifepoint in Hamilton “…this was the just latest in a string of armed robberies in Hamilton. On 4 March a woman was robbed at gunpoint whilst walking along the bank of the Waikato river…”
Kids In New Zealand, The Village Lets Them Down “…parents and caregivers in Whangarei are said to be organising fights between their kids to sort out petty playground squabbles…”
Kaikoura Youths Embarrass Town Again & Another ‘Once Were Warriors’ Upbringing ”…But the drunken violence in Kaikoura was just part of a much wider problem New Zealand has with alcohol fuelled mayhem…”
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Exports of 100 million dollars worth of Zealand beef, mutton and lamb are being detained at the Chinese border due to what NZ authorities are calling a “certification error”.
The public are being told that tonnes of frozen meat have been held up for the last month, supposedly because of the name change of a NZ government department. Strangely, other NZ dairy products, such as dairy, have not been affected by the “certification error”, just meat.
In March there was a change on the name of safety documentation that replaced the former Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with the re-branded Ministry for Primary Industries. But, it has taken until now for the Chinese to refuse to take delivery of the produce. “Our government has known for days but has been keeping quiet” according to a news channel that broke the story Link
Despite the huge amount of spin coming out of New Zealand some sites are saying there may be another reason for the blockade
A top meat industry source said this was being used by Chinese authorities as an excuse to protect local pork and poultry industries.
The source noted that the industry merger was completed in April 2012 and that China had continued to allow imports of both dairy products and beef hides throughout the meat block…
Labour primary industries spokesman Damien O’Connor said the issue followed an ‘‘inadequate’’ response to the DCD scare by the Government.
‘‘National has sat on this issue for almost a month when it should have moved swiftly to rectify the problem, reassure the meat industry and satisfy the Chinese Customs Service.’’
China seized Kiwi meat
Last year China seized Kiwi meat on a crackdown on grey exports, which may explain why it has become a stickler for proper certification. She’ll be right attitudes,and good enough will do, will no longer be tolerated. It looks like the NZ government has been caught napping on the Job.
On June 12, Chinese authorities descended on an inbound ship, seizing more than 1800 metric tons of frozen goods. Five crew members were put in detention by Shenzhen Customs.
The 60-container cargo was described as including beef, chicken wings and pork from the United States, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.
Beef and Lamb New Zealand’s general manager of market development Craig Finch said it was impossible to know how much NZ meat was involved or indeed how much finds its way into China each year through illicit channels. However, the overall trade is big… Source
DCD in milk scare
Also last year! New Zealand milk was the subject of a safety scare in China when milk powder with the melamine-related chemical Dicyandiamide, or DCD–a substance that in high doses is toxic to humans, was detected.
There was a significant delay before this information was released and a list of the affected products and batch numbers was never made public. For more about that read WSJ blows the lid on Fonterra tainted milk scandal NZ government knew months ago.
This latest problem with meat exports is going to do little to bolster confidence in New Zealand food products and the government needs to get it sorted out pronto, because the longer it goes on the more the NZ meat industry is going to lose market share.
NZ news outlet Stuff is calling for submissions to its citizen journalist project. The present assignment is named “Welcome to New Zealand?” with the following instruction,
“The face of New Zealand is constantly changing as new families arrive on our shores.
But what is the experience of arriving and setting up life in New Zealand really like?
We want to hear from immigrant families and individuals who have made New Zealand their home.
Why did you move here? Was it easy to adjust to the Kiwi way of life, or did the culture come as a bit of a shock?…” Read the rest of the assignments here
Predictably enough, the first published response was one telling New Zealanders how luck they are, and written by British immigrant Jonathan Bird.
If you want to contribute to the assignment visit the link above. We shall be keeping watch on the project and looking at what people are writing. If you want to make a submission send us a copy too, that way we can compare what is sent in and what is published.
We constantly hear from immigrant families, look at our comments section to see what they’re saying.
If you are thinking about emigrating to New Zealand you should take a look at our
Migrant Tales series – well over 100 personal stories of emigration to New Zealand, suggesting the country does not live up to expectations.
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Continuing in our series of Migrant Tales, first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand taken from locations around the net.
Today’s tale was first published on the only uncensored, not for profit immigration forum – expatexposed.com.
If you would like to tell your own migrant story please leave one, either on that site or in our comments section.
New Zealand Is A Dump!
Posted: Wed May 02.
I live in New Zealand, a country in the Antipodes, and here is my Top Ten list of things I hate about New Zealand, starting at number Ten and counting down.
10. The Weather – It constantly changes. If it rains it is extremely grey and gloomy. If it is sunny it burns.
9. The Hole In The Ozone Layer – Thanks to industrial countries like Germany and the United States, we have a great big hole hanging over our heads which exposes us to the harmful rays of the sun. I go outside for two minutes and I am severly sunburnt.
8. The Government – their policy is to keep kicking you until you are down.
7. New Zealand Law – You get fined for everything here!!!
6. The AllBlacks (NZ’s Rugby Team) – they symbolise everything I hate, beer belching idiots, idolising maniacal baboons undertaking homo-erotic acts.
5. The People – The people here are soooooooooooo dumb. A chimpanzee has more intelligence. They are all drunk and stoned, and therefore have no brains or ambition in life.
4. The Traffic – I live in Auckland, we only have a population of around 1 million, but the traffic here is horrendous. The Public Transport system sucks, you have to catch two different buses to get 5 minutes down the road, and don’t even talk about the trains …. India’s are more glamourous.
3. The Drivers – they all need thick glasses – they are blind,there are so many accidents here, and the bus drivers try and squash you with the bus. I’ve lost count with how many times I’ve almost been crushed by a bus.
2. The Lack of Opportunity – the population is too small, so no matter what you do, it is unsustainable.
My number one on the list of things I hate about New Zealand is ………….
THE FACT IT HAS NO MONEY SO I CAN’T GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Continuing our series of Migrant Tales, first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand taken from places around the net.
Today’s tale was first published on the forum at ExpatExposed.com, the only fully uncensored New Zealand immigration discussion site, completely free from commercial interests.
My partner and I wanted to move to Australia to work and live.
We tried for 2 years to get long term work in NZ to save for the move to Australia, got 1 job each but short lived as the employers now just kick you out when the “3 month trial” is up and we did everything to in our power to be the best workers possible so that we could keep our jobs as we needed them badly but the employers can say anything they like and dismiss you for no reason then just employ another as there is 40 or more going for every job they are never short of people and they get away with paying you at the lowest rate ($13.50 an hour) as they only have to pay you more IF they keep you on (pass the 3 month “trial”).
I did a welding course and got my tickets within only 14 weeks for the Christchurch “rebuild” got a temp job but didn’t last long then got a 2nd for a month then a 3rd for about a week then i was only getting work for like 1 – 2 days a week maybe if I was lucky, my partner had nothing! My welding tickets seemed to mean nothing in interviews anymore, After applying and door knocking, we were not getting enough to pay the $230 a week for the rent so I had to get to the doctor and say I was depressed because everything we did got us nothing (my only hope of keeping us off the street was a benefit) so I got a sickness benefit for 4 months and sold my car and moved to my partners mum and dads house and saved, we applied for jobs in Melbourne and the first 20 i applied for I got an email and he even offered me the job and I could start when we get there!!
4 months later I’m still working, my partner found work the 2nd week we got here and its awesome and we would never go back to NZ.
New Zealand is a rotten life of stress, worry and poverty, drunk teens, teen prostitutes, teens huffing butane and dieing, teens shooting their caregivers, parents putting their kids in the dryer and hanging them on the line, schools full of drugs and videos of kids bashing each other posted on YouTube, milk and cheese that costs twice its worth, no work, get paid less and taxed more every day, unemployment high but unemployment benefits getting cut and no jobs for the unemployed, food prices that go up every day, unsolved murders and rapes, police doing unthinkable crimes and getting away with it, a messed up government that act and fight like children, Asians and Indians that flood in every day and get treated like kings and we (new zealanders) get traded like trash and that’s less than 2% of the crap that goes on there! If we were still there we would still be FU%#ED and I reckon on the street with no house.
Sorry but its all true.
USA v. New Zealand women, and South African v. Australian men, World Cup 2011, UK
Polocrosse, a curious fusion of polo and lacrosse, may be played in New Zealand but it isn’t anything more than a middle class hobby.
There aren’t any professional NZ sportsmen or NZ sportswomen who make a living out of it, yet. It doesn’t put bread on the table, so to speak.
It must cost a lot to keep a horse, feed it, transport it to events, ship it overseas for competitions, shoe it, pay vets bills etc. Not something that poor or disadvantaged people do, one would need a great deal of money to be able to compete at a high level in this pastime.
Team South Africa won the men’s Polocrosse world cup, which was held in the UK in 2011. Team USA beat the NZ women to win their round.
No word yet as to the location of the next one, but it does appear to be quite a big sport in Australia, who takes the credit for inventing it.
“Australian Made, Internationally Played!
The Polocrosse Association of Australia boasts a membership over 4000 players nationwide spanned over 119 clubs within the 7 states and territories. We are the largest Polocrosse country in the World…”
The 2011 world cup was the first to be held outside of Australia.
The previous 2 World Cup events were held at Morgan Park in Warwick Queensland with “Australia taking out the World Champions trophy in both 2003 and 2007 from New Zealand and the United Kingdom respectively.”
It’s good to see New Zealand mustered up teams for these competitions, they must be very keen to take some silverware home next time.
But it must cost a small fortune to ship a horse over to Australia and compete with the world’s best. Of course finance is not the only obstacle, presumably one would need the correct visa and a clean criminal record to be allowed into to the country to compete.
Perhaps a sponsorship deal would be a good idea, any takers? Given the close association between alcohol and sport in New Zealand perhaps a drinks company may be interested.
On the subject of alcohol and sport. A drink-driving “sportwoman” from Gisborne, who was recently let off after being caught drink driving, is due back in court shortly to have her case reviewed.
According to a report in the NZ Herald
“A drink-driving sportswoman will have her case re-heard after a High Court justice found there was no evidence to support her discharge without conviction and permanent name suppression.
The Gisborne sportswoman has been ordered back before the District Court to be sentenced for a second time, after High Court Justice Christopher Allan ruled her legal team provided no evidence that a conviction would jeopardise her ability to compete overseas.
Justice Allan, in his judgement released today, said the claim by the woman’s lawyers that there was a threat to her competing in the United Kingdom if she was convicted had not been backed up with any proof…” more here
In January the Maori woman pleaded guilty to having more than double the legal limit of alchol in her blood whilst driving – 801 micrograms per litre of breath. For more about that story click on the links below. The “sportswoman” is said to be currently competing overseas.
“The woman is not well-known nationally and does not play a mainstream sport, police have confirmed.” source
Additional links for interest
Polocrosse Four Nations 2013 Facebook page : The Polocrosse Four Nations 2013 is a four day tournament held at Turangi Park with representation from the Irish Cavaliers, Zambian Barbarians and Australia.
Finland has taken top place in rankings of the best countries in which to be a mother, with New Zealand toppling to 18th place.
Nine European countries and Australia take up the top 10 places, in what is going to be a blow to New Zealand’s fixation with its place in international ‘Best of’ tables.
In 2009 (OECD Report Citical of NZ Child Welfare Spending) we wrote about how New Zealand was sixth in that year’s best mum table, despite other data showing that children in this country were more disadvantaged than many other key countries in the developed world. New Zealand’s under investment in its young is now beginning to be reflected in the very surveys it used to be so proud of.
“Doing Better for Children, was the first time the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) had reported on child well-being within its 30 member countries.
It identified New Zealand’s biggest shortfall as its limited spending on young children (aged five and under), which was less than half the OECD average.
New Zealand was also struggling in terms of health, with the highest youth suicide rate in the OECD and an above-average child mortality rate. (see our ‘Stats’ page )” …
…“Children lived in poor material conditions, average family incomes were low by OECD standards and child poverty rates were high.
While children had high rates of educational achievement, there were large gaps between top and bottom performers.
Immunisation rates for measles were the second-worst in the OECD, and for whooping cough, the fifth-worst.
The report said the government should spend considerably more on younger, disadvantaged children and make sure high rates of spending on older children met the needs of the disadvantaged.” read the full article here OECD Report Citical of NZ Child Welfare Spending.
Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of Save the Children International, said of this year’s best country to be a mum rankings:
“By investing in mothers and children, nations are investing in their future prosperity.
“If women are educated, are represented politically, and have access to good quality maternal and child care, then they and their children are much more likely to survive and thrive – and so are the societies they live in…”
You can download the full report here Surviving the first day, State of the World’s Mothers 2013. It shows New Zealand has a mortality rate in its under fives of 6 in 1,000 live births, or 390 deaths a year.
Read our Education and Children’s Issues wiki for more information.
- New Zealand mothers lose status (stuff.co.nz)
- New Zealand’s telecommunications ranks low in OECD (justinyee79.wordpress.com)
- NZ ranked poorly on child welfare (radionz.co.nz)
- Northern Europe leads the way for working conditions (advocacyactivismagency.wordpress.com)
- Australia among best places to be a mum (bigpondnews.com)
- Baby name ban list updated in NZ (bigpondnews.com)