An armed offenders squad officer

Whangarei Placed in Lockdown as Shots Ring Out

The lawless north has earned another credit to its name this afternoon. The small town of Whangarei was placed under lockdown by the armed offenders squad after police received multiple reports of gunfire directed at a property in Willow Place near Silverstream Road. The town’s hospital and a number of schools also went into lockdown. Northern…

Northland Supermarket Held Up At Gunpoint

New Zealand’s reputation as a safe place to live has taken another knock with the news that a Whangarei supermarket (above) was held up by a man with a shotgun on Monday night. Not the sort of thing you’d expect to happen when you’re queuing up in your slippers to pay for your daily milk…

New Zealand’s Toughest Town – Updated

This week on Television New Zealand’s Close Up: “Reporter Jehan Casinader investigates what life is like in one of our toughest towns. Sex for drugs and organised fights – and we’re talking about teenagers. What can be done to help?.” The show hasn’t even aired yet and no one know what the town is, but…

Northland Schoolkids March Against Crime

In the week that the NZ government made a surprise announcement about a  drop in the rate of reported crime, and murders (note how the manslaughter figures weren’t mentioned) a group of Northland primary school kids took to the streets to protest about crime in their neighbourhood. From the Northern Advocate A youth hikoi through…

Crime In Northland Increasing

Crime in Northland is increasing with 3.5% rise to 17,240 offences in the 12 months to 30 June 2010. The region has one of the highest crime rates in New Zealand. According to an article in the Northern Advocate: In the Far North policing area 6263 crimes were recorded in the 12-month period, a 2.6…