Napier was buzzing yesterday when parts of the town were closed off following the stabbing of a dairy owner on Latham Street. People on the Trademe boards identified the business as the Vigor Brown Dairy, owned by a Chinese family.
The attack came two days after a number of Asian people were held-up at knife point when a man went on the rampage in the Christchurch suburb of Upper Riccarton see here for details.
A little over a week ago Asian businessman Richard Tang was stabbed eight times when a gang of youths stormed into his takeaway in Papakura. That was a particularly brutal attack as Mr Tang had not offered any resistance and had told the gang to take what they wanted. More here
This is what the locals were saying about this latest hold-up:
“It was the Vigor Brown dairy. There is nothing to see, the shop is now shut. And if you look at the photo on the news online it is that one.
My sister near ran over the guy at Marewa as he was being chased by cops he slid off his bicycle and went under her car before she could get out to see if he was ok he had taken off again with cops chasing behind!
My thoughts go out to the man and his family. Last I heard he was in stable condition.”
Official news reports simply stated:
“Napier police are hunting a man after a dairy owner was stabbed during a robbery this morning.
The Latham Street dairy was robbed about 11am, Napier police said.
They would not confirm that a person had been stabbed but said a knife may have been involved.
A photographer at the scene told NZPA the dairy owner was taken away by an ambulance and a trail of blood was visible in the dairy.
Police were searching for a “skinny” Maori man wearing dark pants, a blue hoodie with white writing on the sleeves and white shoes.”
Reports today confirmed that the man was a Chinese national in his 40s and that he was stabbed in the neck and shoulder and cut on the head.
Our thoughts go out to the injured man and his family, we wish him a full and speedy recovery.
Unfortunately armed robbery has become a widespread problem in New Zealand, hardly a day goes by without one happening somewhere, a symptom of a society with a wide gulf between the haves and the have nots.
We keep a list of all the armed hold-ups we get to hear about, you can find it here
Despite propaganda to the contrary Crime rates in New Zealand are very high. Says who? well the OECD for one. They say “New Zealand is second only to Ireland in 26 OECD countries in internationally comparable data on vehicle, theft and contact crimes. 22% of New Zealanders experienced such a crime in a 12-month period, compared to an OECD average of 16%.”
You’re more likely to experience this type of crime in New Zealand than in almost any other country in the OECD.
In 2009 crime in New Zealand rose by 3.5 percent, there were 9% more violent offences – over 65,000. There were 65 murders, up 25% over the previous year, the highest figure for 10 years 10 years. Serious assaults were up 6% and minor assaults increased nearly 12% source
Much as we’d predicted the “senior public servant” accused of assaulting his 15 year old son has been acquitted, despite three independent witnesses testifying that they’d seen the assault which happened after the boy had stolen money from his mother so that he could run away from home. See our post “Name Suppression V. The Rights of the Child“
Stuff had this to say on the verdict:
“Crown prosecutor Paul Dacre said the boy’s initial statement had been correct and he had only changed it because he was intimidated by his father.”
And concluded with:
“Judge Harding said lifting an interim suppression order would “inevitably” lead to the identification of the man’s son, whose name was already permanently suppressed.
It would also have adverse consequences on the man’s reputation and work, the family’s right to privacy, and their need “to heal their wounds”.
There would be “little or no interest” in the case were it not for the man’s position, Judge Harding said.”
REALLY?! we have a feeling that this won’t be the last we hear of this one by a long shot. It will be interesting to watch this “senior public servant’s“ career, or lack of it, from now on.
Cult of status 1 - Rights of the child 0
A number of Asian people were attacked attacked by a knife wielding robber in the Riccarton suburb of Christchurch :
A knife-wielding man attempted to rob five Asian people as he went on a 30 minute rampage in Upper Riccarton, police say.
Brett Allan King, 21, of Upper Riccarton, faced five charges of trying to obtain money with menaces and one of robbery with a knife when he appeared in Christchurch District Court this morning.
Detective sergeant Scott Anderson, of Christchurch South Police, said between 7.15pm and 7.45pm on Saturday King threatened five Asian people in shops and a car park and tried to steal their money.
He successfully robbed one person in a shop, but it was not clear how much was stolen, said Anderson. Judge Stephen Erber remanded King in custody to reappear on May 31. “source
Our thoughts go out to his victims, who must have been shaken by their ordeal, we hope none of them were injured. Christchurch has a bad reputation for racially motivated attacks, see our blog post :
“There’s a report in today’s The Press, detailed on Stuff.co.nz telling the shocking story of how two Asian students were subjected to aggression and an unprovoked attack by a gang of skinheads in Christchurch (watch the video report here)…
..It would seem that Christchurch isn’t a great place to be, for either visitors or locals. In August of last year a Fijian student was injured in a racist attack at Linwood College, his mother said that she had spoken the other parents in the Indian community and their children had been bullied too. Her son had also been taunted with names like “curry chicken“, “black Indian” and “Indian boy.” The family moved to NZ to escape the violence of Suva.
Christchurch has recently earned itself the dubious title of ‘Murder Capital Of New Zealand’ which was re-inforced after the death of a 62 year old widow was brutally murdered in her own home a week ago.
This most recent assault has drawn a fair amount of contempt from the readers of Stuff who are very eager to talk about the issue of racism in Christchurch, allegedly a “haven for Neo-Nazis due to the lack of competition from other gangs” (see below) You may remember that a few days ago we spoke of how police in New Zealand still don’t/won’t collect data on racially motivated crimes, it is very hard to know the true extent of this problem both in Christchurch and throughout the country.”…”
Two separate stories about groups of school kids smoking cannabis have made the news recently. The cases highlight how widespread the problem is within the community in New Zealand and how inconsistently the punishment is dealt with by schools, time for a national strategy to deal more effectively with drug and alcohol use in schools perhaps?
In the first story, five pupils caught smoking the drug at Long Bay College, North Shore, Auckland, have been excluded:
One parent says three of the students’ parents applied to the school board of trustees to give their children a second chance. The parent says only one of the children brought the cannabis and the others used it. It was a silly mistake for the children to make but everyone deserves a second chance, the parent says. Only the child who supplied the cannabis should be excluded, he says.
He says there was a disciplinary meeting and at the moment the board said the decision was final. The board of trustees says it will consider the appeals lodged by the parents.
The North Shore Times understands the children involved were 15-year-olds and were caught smoking cannabis off school grounds…”
In the second story another group of five students, all under the age of 16, was also caught smoking cannabis, yet only one of them was excluded from school. Not only does it sends out mixed messages about drug use but it also says that some regions of the country are more tolerant of it than others:
One of five Napier Boys’ High School students disciplined for smoking marijuana has been excluded, after the group was caught with cannabis at school last week.
The group, all aged under 16, were day students at the school.
The returning four would face a number of strict conditions including random drug testing.
Principal Ross Brown said incidents like this “upset everybody” within the school and wider community.
“I think schools are the litmus test for the community and unfortunately, we inherit its problems including incidents such as these,” he said.
“It takes a village to raise a child and unfortunately in this case the village has let them down.”
Disciplinary decisions of this nature were dealt with by the school’s Board of Trustees which had five new members when the incident occurred.
“I was pleased with how the new group handled the situation, they coped well.”
When a student is excluded they are made to leave the school but an effort is made to find another to take them.
“We’re working with people now to find something.”
A student under the age of 16 can only be excluded from a school, not expelled.”
Our regular readers will know that it’s not just the high schools that are a “litmus test” for communities riddled with drug problems, the primary schools are afflicted too. However, primary kids there are treated a lot more leniently.
We’re off the opinion that it’s not just the “villages” that are letting down kids, the schools are as much to blame. Perhaps if they stamped-out this problem at primary level it wouldn’t have extended into the high schools? Perhaps if the same rules were applied evenly across the country some areas may even start to clean up their acts?
In November 2009 we wrote this blog piece : Drugs Battle Fought on School Playgrounds:
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. The Post reports that
“last year, schools stood down 1184 pupils for drugs, suspended 815, and expelled 30. Education Ministry statistics dating back to 2006 show rates of standdowns and expulsions for drugs have increased but suspensions have decreased.
Police used drug sniffer dogs in 12 schools in Greater Wellington in the past eight months in an attempt to halt the trend.
One Wairarapa school, which police would not name, has flushed out eight pupils in the past three months with drugs on them at school.“
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.
NZ police say that most cannabis tinnie houses were selling-points for methamphetamine as well and that drugs and crime are well linked:
“Cannabis and meth come hand in hand now and there is a real link between drugs, stolen property, firearms and gangs.”
Kaitaia Kids’ drunken night of rampage / cannabis and the lost generation: ” you just have to look around to see the effects of the generational abuse of marijuana and other drugs around our area.Dilapidated homes, no one caring enough to do anything, the kids roaming around with no parents who give a damn, generations of welfare recipients, crime at all levels, car accidents, general apathy relating to just about everything.”
Armed robbery and drugs, 80% or more smoke weed in Gisborne… “a look at what the residents of Gisborne think about their town’s drug problem and the effects it’s having on their once pleasant community. It may come a surprise to anyone thinking about emigrating to the town ‘looking for a better quality of life’ to find out that New Zealand has these issues and how widespread the problem is..”