It has taken a while but the Sensible Sentencing Trust has finally noticed that car jacking is becoming a big problem in New Zealand. This is an issue E2NZ.org has been talking about for some years: we like our readers to be street savvy.
If you’re planning to visit New Zealand, or intend living there, our advice is to drive a car with automatic door locking. Ask for it specifically when looking for a car, don’t become another statistic. New Zealand isn’t as safe as you think.
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Carjackings, Grand Theft Auto? (January 2010)
Carjackings in NZ aren’t unusual by any means* (they’ve been called NZ’s “new home invasion”) but their frequency seems is increasing at an alarming rate. Is it a protracted craze arising from playing a certain type of video game and if so should games like that be banned, or is this just an unwillingness to call a cab when there’s no lift home? The problem is that it’s got to the point where the average citizen really does has to drive round with their doors locked and keep the engine revving at traffic lights
Yesterday an unfortunate female motorist’s car was stolen at knife point in Mangatawhiri and driven 40kms north towards Auckland until forced to stop by police who were in hot pursuit (link)
On Wednesday two women were sitting in their car at the McDonalds in Bader Drive, Mangere at 2.30am when a man threatened them with a gun, forced them from the car and drove off (link)
On Saturday there were two separate incidents in the coastal community of the Hibiscus Coast. One at the Peninsula Golf Club when local resident Peter Braithwaite was forced to hand over his keys at knife point whilst unloading his clubs for an early morning round of golf. Police later caught the thieves who were said to be “from Northland”. Minutes earlier another man was threatened with a man wielding a crow bar outside the McDonalds in Orewa. (link)
What can you do to avoid becoming a helpless victim of carjacking in NZ? take a look at this advice from the US Department of State. It offers tips on avoidance, and what to do if you become a victim and what to do after the attack. Link
* See also:
Carjacking – the new home invasion: ” Carjacking cases are on the increase in New Zealand and police have issued an extraordinary warning telling drivers to lock car doors, keep windows up, keep bags and valuables out of sight and to be extra vigilant while idle at traffic lights.
Four carjackings in Auckland since July
Man tasered after Auckland car-jacking
Roadside samaritan has her car stolen at knifepoint
Elderly woman bashed in carjacking
One arrest after knifepoint carjacking
Police reports brutal carjacking in New Lyn
Public urged to delete carjacking email
“I witnessed a carjacking!” GP Forum
Another Car Jacking, This Time in Opunake (Dec 2013)
A 13 year old girl is in a serious condition this morning after she was shot in her Gisborne home last night. She is currently in intensive care following the shooting which occurred around 11.30pm in her Stevens Rd home in Pouawa.
Gisborne has a notorious reputation for being one of New Zealand’s gangland drug towns, there is a possibility that gang activity may be connected to this incident.
We wish the young woman a speedy and full recovery.
In another incident earlier this week two teenagers were shot and an elderly man suffered facial injuries in a home invasion in Thames.
73-year-old man and a 17-year-old young woman were at home in Thames when a flat-deck ute pulled up the drive around 7.30pm.
The man went outside to see who it was and was attacked by three men wearing balaclavas who took him back inside.
A short time later an 18-year-old friend arrived at the Parawai Rd house and he was also held at gunpoint by the men.
“At some point a shotgun has gone off inside the house and the intruders have fled the property,” Detective Sergeant Martyn Hughes said.
The young woman and her friend suffered shotgun wounds… more here
There are believed to be 1.1 million firearms in circulation in New Zealand, sufficient for 1 in 4 of the population.
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A 19-year-old Gisborne man’s been charged with aggravated robbery after a gunpoint robbery of a dairy yesterday.
The corner dairy in the suburb of Elgin was robbed just after nine yesterday morning by a man brandishing a gun, who made off with the entire contents of the till.
Five people were questioned by police after the getaway car was found at a house nearby…more
A teen killer has supposedly been “jailed for life” but in reality will probably be out in less than 14 years. Despite showing no remorse, he will most likely be released before his 3oth birthday.
Young killer, Bronson Kelekolio, had “struggles” at school, was immature and of low intellectual function. He had been suspended from Ashburton College for disobedience and misconduct. His defence counsel told the court that he’d been smoking cannabis and drinking to excess from a young age.
When the sharp knife roke into three pieces, Kelekolio continued his attack using a second knife. He denied murder, despite his DNA being found in bloody fingerprints on Sina’s thighs and genitals.
“She was found with 14 stab wounds and as many cutting wounds including a wound to her throat. The wounds had been inflicted by a sharp knife and a serrated knife from her kitchen. It was clear to investigators that her underclothing had been disturbed and there were bloody fingerprints on that area of her body.
Kelekolio pleaded guilty to the charges of murder and sexual violation by digital penetration, for the early morning attack on December 15, 2012.
Justice Panckhurst told Kelekolio: “The only motivation I can see for what you did is a sexual one.” He said he hoped Kelekolio had listened to the victim impact statements in court…” “Sex motive behind Ashburton murder” Stuff.co.nz
According to a report in the NZ Herald
A 15-year old boy who stabbed an Ashburton mum 14 times in a frenzied attack before slitting her throat with a second knife and sexually violating her has today been jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 14 years and six months.
Bronson Kelekolio, now aged 17, can be named for the first time today after his interim name suppression was lifted.
He earlier admitted the brutal slaying of 22-year-old Ashburton mum Sina Nerisa Solomona at her Cass St home on December 15, 2012…
When considering the minimum period he must serve behind bars, the judge (Graham Panckhurst) said “age, immaturity is undoubtedly a matter that I must seriously consider.”
He said people that age had the capacity to be rehabilitated.
Crown prosecutor Andrew McRae said Kelekolio had shown “very little remorse”.
“His true motivation behind the offending … remains unknown.”
Victim’s heartbroken mother will now leave New Zealand for a fresh start
Miss Solomona’s mother Anuella Solomona gave an emotional victim impact statement which told of having a “broken heart”.
“When this happened to my daughter, I felt numb, lost for words, and made me think I was to blame for this,” she said.
“My heart is in pain. I can feel the anger in my kids.”
She said she would rather stay in bed now sleeping, rather than staying awake and thinking about what happened.
Mrs Solomona now felt like she had to leave New Zealand to make a fresh start.
Bronson Kelekolio joins a succession of teen killers in New Zealand, alongside the young thug who recently killed businessman and retired bank manager Arun Kumar, Theo Kriel who assaulted and murdered Karen Aim, the two females (15 and 17) that murdered retired school teacher John Rowe, the 14 & 15 year olds who stabbed Roman Skorek to death, Jache Broughton (14) who murdered Scottish tourist Karen Aim, Bailey Junior Kurariki (12) who has become a “sex pest” since his release, Jordan Nelson (13) who murdered Rosemaree Kurth, and many others.
See also Youth Arrested For Ashburton Mum’s Murder E2NZ.org (December 2012)
Today police announced they have arrested a youth who has been charged with murder. They have released neither the age or the gender of the offender.
Many people emigrate to New Zealand believing it to be a safe place to raise children, this murder demonstrates that New Zealand is not as safe as people believe it to be. It is evident that New Zealand has exactly the same problems as any other place in the world, neither its remoteness nor its low population provides any measure of protection.
This is the latest of multiple serious crimes which have been committed by youths in New Zealand and unfortunately is it unlikely to be the last.
NZ’s out of control teens
Today 13 year old Jordan Nelson was jailed for 18 years for the murder of Rosemaree Kurth, he shot her in the back of the head at a home in Okoki North Taranaki.
The number of rapes and violent attacks perpetrated by teens in New Zealand is reaching worrying proportions.
In January Dr Kim McGregor, Executive Director of Rape Prevention Education wrote an open letter to John Key. He called for a Task-force on Action on Sexual Violence to be set-up in New Zealand and cited some horrendous child abuse figures. Read the task force’s report and recommendations here...”
New Zealand Police are investigating another sex attack on a young woman in Auckland. This time at the Maybury Reserve in Glen Innes, Auckland.
Police were alerted about that the attack occurred between 6 and 9.30pm yesterday. So far they’ve released few details, all we know is that
Police were called to Maybury Reserve about 9.30pm yesterday, Senior Sergeant Matt Rogers of Auckland police said.
“As a result police have initiated an investigation into that complaint.”
A description of the alleged offender was not yet known, as the girl was still being spoken to by police, he said.
“Parts of the park will be closed this morning for a scene investigation.”
Our condolences go out to her for her terrible ordeal, and our sincere hopes that the offender/s are found quickly and brought to justice.
Far from being a great place to raise kids, the high level of sexual violence in New Zealand impacts 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 8 boys under the age of 16 years. For more about the significant problems of raising children in New Zealand please see our Education and Childrens Issues facts page.
Despite botching-up the protracted Christchurch rebuild it’s taken an airport security breach to make Jerry Brownlee do the decent thing and offer his resignation.
In an era when most people are understandably twitchy about airline security, more so after the losses of three airliners in as many months, airport security must be taken seriously. No one is above the law, neither should politicians be allowed to throw their weight around.
Days after this incident Brownlee blamed his actions on “Brain fade“, maybe that explains why Christcurch still lies in ruins.
There is no doubt that there is more to this story than we’re being told by the NZ press. Expect more to come out as time goes by, in the meantime it’s not too hard to read between the lines and work out what really went on.
In a statement, Brownlee said he had been running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport and “without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only”.
“Running late for a plane is no excuse for bypassing a security check,” he said.
“In doing this I have broken aviation rules and put individuals who hold responsible positions in upholding public security in a compromised position.
“My actions were thoughtless and I unreservedly apologise to those people who felt, and were, compromised by my actions.
“No-one else is to blame. I have offered my resignation as the Minister of Transport to the prime minister…
He said he “never gave it any thought”.
“It was just we were in a hurry to get on the plane, I wanted to get back here,” referring to Wellington.
He said one airport staff member was at the door but did not challenge him. Brownlee denied he used his influence to get past.
“We knocked on the door and I said to the guy ‘look we’re in a terrible hurry, can we get through here’ he said ‘okay’ but in reality I should never have done that … it’s not that guy’s fault. I’m the one to blame here.”
He denied allegations he told the man the rules had changed.
“I’ve got to accept that when a person who’s got a role like that sees a minister turn up they sort of think it’s probably going to be okay, so I really don’t want that guy getting in trouble.”
He said he had offered his resignation because he had put the staff member and the airport in a tricky situation, and because he was responsible for aviation security as minister of transport.”source
The Trademe.co.nz community made its thoughts know about the Minister of Transport’s security breach, this poster summing it up beautifully:
The driver of a train that crashed in New Zealand earlier this year was found to have traces of cannabis in his system. He is one of many people involved in transport accidents who are found to be users of the drug. Others serious cases include the dive masters on the ill-fated Fox Glacier plane disaster and the pilot of the hot air balloon that burst into flames killing all on board.
How much of a problem is drug use in New Zealand and should the country come down harder on its cannabis culture to ensure the safety of people using transport systems? It’s not just the passengers that will benefit from increased vigilance, it may also go some way to improving the nation’s collective IQ and mental health, and also prevent it from having so many underachievers. New Zealand is up there at the top of the world’s cannabis use despite growing inferior varieties of the drug.
According to a report by the British BBC, an international study of a cohort of 1,000 residents of Dunedin who’d been using cannabis before the age of 18 showed they had suffered a drop in IQ
…A UK expert said the research might explain why people who use the drug often seem to under-achieve.
For more than 20 years researchers have followed the lives of a group of people from Dunedin in New Zealand.
They assessed them as children – before any of them had started using cannabis – and then re-interviewed them repeatedly, up to the age of 38.
Having taken into account other factors such as alcohol or tobacco dependency or other drug use, as well the number of years spent in education, they found that those who persistently used cannabis – smoking it at least four times a week year after year through their teens, 20s and, in some cases, their 30s – suffered a decline in their IQ.
The more that people smoked, the greater the loss in IQ…
The researchers, writing in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that: “Persistent cannabis use over 20 years was associated with neuropsychological decline, and greater decline was evident for more persistent users.”
“Collectively, these findings are consistent with speculation that cannabis use in adolescence, when the brain is undergoing critical development, may have neurotoxic effects.”
One member of the team, Prof Terrie Moffitt of King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, said this study could have a significant impact on our understanding of the dangers posed by cannabis use.
“This work took an amazing scientific effort. We followed almost 1,000 participants, we tested their mental abilities as kids before they ever tried cannabis, and we tested them again 25 years later after some participants became chronic users.
“Participants were frank about their substance abuse habits because they trust our confidentiality guarantee, and 96% of the original participants stuck with the study from 1972 to today.
“It is such a special study that I’m fairly confident that cannabis is safe for over-18 brains, but risky for under-18 brains.”
Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research, also at the King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry but not involved in the study, said this was an impressive piece of research.
“The Dunedin sample is probably the most intensively studied cohort in the world and therefore the data are very good.
“Although one should never be convinced by a single study, I take the findings very seriously.
“There are a lot of clinical and educational anecdotal reports that cannabis users tend to be less successful in their educational achievement, marriages and occupations.
“It is of course part of folk-lore among young people that some heavy users of cannabis – my daughter calls them stoners – seem to gradually lose their abilities and end up achieving much less than one would have anticipated. This study provides one explanation as to why this might be the case.
“I suspect that the findings are true. If and when they are replicated then it will be very important and public education campaigns should be initiated to let people know the risks.”
Prof Val Curran, from the British Association for Psychopharmacology and University College London, said: “What it shows is if you are a really heavy stoner there are going to be consequences, which I think most people would accept.
“This is not occasional or recreation use.”
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Drugs Battle Fought On School Playgrounds (Nov 2009)
Today’s Dom Post is highlighting the alarming rates of drug abuse in young people, with children as young as 12 being caught with drugs in school playgrounds…
In September we commented on reports that children as young as six were taking drugs to school, some defended themselves by saying they were for “show and tell” but it’s likely that many of the children were being used by their parents to deliver and collect drugs.
In June 2008 police told TVNZ that children taking and dealing drugs in school wasn’t a “new issue” after 5 nine year old boys were caught smoking cannabis at Owhata primary school in Rotorua and that this sort of thing had been going on for 20 years.
At around the same time a quantity of cannabis was seized at Longford Intermediate school in Gore, and Westlake Boys School in Auckland asked 12 students to leave after a dealing ring was uncovered.
Then in July of this year 10 students from Lindisfarne College, Hastings were expelled and another seven suspended after another cannabis dealing ring was busted.
Today’s article was written by Marc Krieger.
New Zealand: Latin American Incompetence at Switzerland Prices
By Marc Krieger
I have seldom encountered a country that so outrageously misrepresents and oversells itself the way New Zealand does. Before the yahoo commentators trolling Stuff launch into their predictable vitriolic attacks, I will note that I base my comparison on having lived in Venezuela, the United States, South Africa, Spain, England, Switzerland, and New Zealand in addition to travelling to dozens of countries.
All the countries of the world have problems and yahoo Kiwis love to cite the real or imagined problems of other countries as a way to deflect attention from New Zealand’s glaring problems. Unfortunately, most Kiwis foolishly believe that New Zealand enjoys most of the advantages of the developed world whilst having few of its disadvantages. In actuality, New Zealand has few of the advantages of the developed world whilst suffering from most of its disadvantages (e.g. high incidence of alcohol and drug abuse, preventable poverty, crime, corruption, etc).
For example, New Zealand houses are exorbitantly priced shacks. Very few houses have double-glazing, insulation, or central heating. Moreover, the houses are cold, damp, mouldy, and rot. The leaky homes syndrome illustrates the appalling incompetence of most New Zealand builders, yet New Zealanders mendaciously have the audacity to praise themselves as an ingenious and practical lot. Clearly, few people in New Zealand understand that building houses correctly in the first place might save money and resources in the long term by reducing heating expenses and electricity consumption. Perhaps more importantly, thousands of people in New Zealand suffer from preventable asthma and respiratory ailments solely due to the rubbish construction. Ultimately, the country’s dwindling tax base and the most vulnerable suffer the most from this ineffable stupidity.
The extortionate cost of living is not due to a “small population” or “desirability” of New Zealand, but rather to the dreadful stupidity and self-centeredness of the “leaders” and the cretins electing them. New Zealand is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, yet property prices are amongst the most expensive solely because New Zealand is a vampire economy where a handful of insiders have transformed the population into serfs, something that unfortunately exists throughout much of the world.
The absolute lack of urban planning, councils more interested in clipping the ticket, the Big Four Australian banks, and the Fletchers building cartel account for much of this. Lamentably, many Kiwis deliriously believe that high property prices are a sign of wealth, yet they do not understand that high property prices percolate throughout the economy resulting in higher prices for necessities. This is precisely why a cup of coffee, a pair of sneakers, or groceries cost as much in New Zealand if not more than in Zurich, London, Oslo, or Tokyo and perhaps even more if one factors the dreadful lack of quality. The crap that Kiwis buy at the Warehouse is junk that people in Europe, North America, and East Asia would never deign themselves to touch. The biggest beneficiaries from the recent commodity boom that has given New Zealand an ephemeral prosperity are the overseas banks rather than the farmers working the land.
I could go on ad infinitum about the problems plaguing New Zealand. I suppose the foregoing are merely symptoms of a bigger problem, which are low quality thinking combined with passivity, jealousy, and tall poppy syndrome. In this respect, living in New Zealand reminded me of living in South America or South Africa. The difference was that in both places the cost of living was low so one received what one paid for. Unfortunately, the cost of living in New Zealand is as high as Switzerland or Scandinavia, but one ends up with appalling public services and work ethic of Latin America.
No event illustrates this better than the shocking response to the Christchurch earthquakes. When the Christchurch earthquakes struck, the response of the country’s government and business leaders was to rig the recovery to enable money to flow to the insiders in the civil service and the building cartel at the expense of the victims. Both Chile and Japan suffered from even more devastating earthquakes, yet the recovery in both countries has progressed much more rapidly than it has in Christchurch. The fact that vulnerable elderly and disabled people continue to live in unliveable houses whilst the insiders milk the system for their own benefit is a travesty worthy of opprobrium. Sadly, New Zealanders are too passive, so they tolerate this type of open thievery.
One must ask the obvious question. If New Zealand is so great, then why is it incapable of retaining its most intelligent, best educated, most ambitious, and its most industrious. One in five New Zealanders resides overseas, the highest percentage of the OECD. The overseas Kiwis are, statistically speaking, much more successful than are those stuck in New Zealand and they have and continue to vote with their feet in droves. These are the very people New Zealand desperately needs to catch up with the rest of the world. Whilst countless Kiwis disingenuously make excuses to justify the country’s failures or pretend the problems do not exist, the best and brightest that can help turn around New Zealand leave to fulfil their dreams elsewhere never to return.
Having lived outside New Zealand I can assure you that my life improved markedly immediately upon leaving. The Kiwis that want to pursue their dreams must fly away to other lands rather than remain on those two backward isles populated by flightless birds that hate the birds that spread their wings and fly.