Shots Fired At College Bus, Gun Crime Still a Problem in NZ

Gun crime seems to be getting out of control in New Zealand with a number of firearm offences hitting the news in the last few days. These are in addition to the armed holdups which regularly plague dairies and bars across the country and hardly raise attention in the media anymore.

First a couple were shot dead in their home, that was followed by the shooting suicide of their (alleged) attacker in Woodhill Forest. Then today, a bus full of college students were terrorised by a drive-by shooting on an Auckland motorway. Lastly, eighteen gang (Black Power) members were arrested in connection with at least six shootings in the greater Auckland region between November and June 2013.

All of this is happening against a backdrop of recriminations over police compensation payments made to the family of a young shooting victim, Halatau Naittoko.

The family of Halatau Naitoko, who was accidently shot and killed on Auckland’s north western motorway in 2009, will receive $125,000 additional compensation from the police.

Assistant Commissioner Allan Boreham said at a press conference that police were giving $100,000 compensation for the hardship and suffering caused by the 17 year-old’s accidental death and $25,000 towards their legal costs.


Police had still to apprehend the person who blasted farmer Scott Guy to death at his farm three years ago. However his wife Anna Guy is still very much in the news after becoming something of a media celebrity after his death.

Another gun related story that endures to the present day in New Zealand is the David Bain compensation stoush. Baine was convicted and then released for the massacre of his family, one of many gun massacres that have taken place in the country. After he spent years in prison the NZ establishment is falling over itself to ensure he receives no compensation for his wrongful conviction and there is a constant stream of negative press generated against him.

Funny how things turn out isn’t it.

It is believed that over 1.1 millions firearms are in circulation in New Zealand, which has a population of only 4.4 million people. According to Wikipedia editors

In March 2009 the New Zealand police bid to reclassify certain types of civilian semi-automatic firearms was overturned by the New Zealand High Court as a result of a legal challenge mounted by the New Zealand National Shooters Association (NSA) president Richard Lincoln.

New Zealand’s gun laws are notably more liberal than other countries in the Pacific and focus mainly on vetting firearm owners, rather than registering firearms or banning certain types of firearms. Firearms legislation is provided for in the Arms Act and its associated regulations, though stricter unofficial police and government policies also apply[citation needed].

Currently firearms and ancillary supplies are freely available in New Zealand, and may be purchased on online through ‘auction sites’ such as,

15 thoughts on “Shots Fired At College Bus, Gun Crime Still a Problem in NZ

  1. A shotgun was discharged during a robbery in an Auckland mall this morning, another day in peaceful New Zealand

    • It’s interesting how these gun crimes get minimal coverage in the NZ press. In many other similar sized countries a shotgun blast or armed robbery in a shopping centre would be front page, major news. But in New Zealand it hardly rates a mention. Maybe it’s a reflection of how commonplace gun crime has become?

      • It’s a reflection of how much they want to hide how many gun crimes they actually have, because they’ve mouthed off so much about it “not happening in New Zealand”.

  2. Taranaki kindy kids get issued with gun licences? Sheer madness. Legitimising gun use by children means its only a matter of time before the first school massacre.

    “At Stratford’s Avon Kindergarten kids can pick up a “gun” and shoot a possum any time they want – if they have a licence.

    Head teacher Lynsi Latham-Saunders has introduced the gun-use policy after some of the 3- to 5-year-olds began using sticks as guns and pointing them at each other.

    “They were using guns for what they see guns used for on cartoons and television. Children weren’t too keen on guns being pushed in their faces,” she said.

    Now, if any of the kindergarten’s 73 pupils want to play with “guns” they must first attain a licence. Getting one is as simple as knowing they must never point their gun at a person, point it at the ground when walking around with it and can shoot only at targets and only once they have clearly identified what it is.

    Some of those targets are pictures of possums, pigs and deer taped to trees and fences around the kindergarten.”

    • Thank you for your comment Orton.

      Actually one of the world’s first school shootings happened in New Zealand.

      Two were killed and nine were wounded in the shooting, forutnately the shooter didn’t get a chance to detonate the three sticks of gelignite he’d brought with him. The details of it are heartbreaking and could have been taken from any school shooting that we’d read about in the news today The community was understandably traumatised by it.

      Interestingly, the signs of two of New Zealand’s greatest problems were evident back then : poor mental health and an inability to deal effectively with the crime that results from it.

      On October 19, 1923 the Waikino school shooting occurred at Waikino School, which claimed the lives of two students, Kelvin McLean, aged 13, and Charles Stewart, aged 9,and remains New Zealand’s deadliest – and so far – only school shooting. The gunman, John Christopher Higgins, was later convicted of murder and initially sentenced to death but that was commuted to life imprisonment, Higgins later had his conviction quashed by reason of insanity.


  3. Drunk man had six loaded rifles in house

    “A drunk Nelson man loaded six rifles then called the police to his house, telling them the guns were “meant for” them, a court has heard.

    Kevin Arthur Parkinson, 62, of Stoke, pleaded guilty in Nelson District Court yesterday to a charge of being intoxicated while in possession of firearms.

    Parkinson had been drinking heavily at his Nayland Rd home on August 19, before he placed eight hunting rifles, six of which were loaded, in his bedroom and called the police to his property, prosecutor Wayne Johnston said.
    When officers arrived he said “this is meant for you”, and he had placed the guns in his bedroom to “make it look more serious when [police] got here”.


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