Vandals Wrecking Kaikoura – Township Already Bypassed in Favour Of Other Towns

Call for cameras in Kaikoura

Call for cameras to protect tourists in Kaikoura

Pity the long suffering tourists in the little township of Kaikoura that are having their holidays ruined by constant vandalism.

In an article headed “Vandals wrecking Kaikoura image” 15 Jan 2014, the Kaikoura Star drew attention to multiple instances of mindless vandalism and theft directed against tourists and their vehicles.

The situation has become so bad one accommodation provider has demanded CCTV cameras be installed – much like tourist towns in other developed countries do.

According to the paper’s article The Kiwi Experience coach has been targeted by vandals, with damage occurring almost weekly: Stones have been thrown against its windows and its been tagged. This is said to be ” sending a bad message to potential visitors” and could drive-away tour companies. Some companies are already giving the township a miss.

Its also proving inconvenient because replacement buses have to been sent out from Christchurch which is 1.5 hours away.

Dave Stanford, owner of the Topspot and the Lazy Shag backpackers told the paper vandalism was making him angry and it often seemed to be aimed at tourists. On Christmas eve the windows of a tourist’s car parked outside Topspot was smashed and items stolen.

Advice? Park outside the cop shop

When Mr Stanford complained to police their suggestion was that drivers park outside the police station! He asked

Is that really the only place your vehicle is safe in Kaikoura nowadays – outside the police station?

And questioned why police weren’t doing more to catch the culprits because there have been problems since Dec 2012. He blames a lack of communication between the police and their reluctance to put up cameras.

“These guys should be policing. If they put cameras up they would catch them in five minutes”

Question about police competence

The Kiwi Experience bus was parked outside Tuti’s Restaurant on 17 Dec. when roofing screws were driven through its tyres. But despite the restaurant’s CCTV pointing directly towards the street police couldn’t identify the culprit because they said “the camera wasn’t working.”

Mr Gray is now trying to resurrect another community watch group, after the previous one became inactive.

Other Kaikoura articles

Passengers trapped by landslips for 22 hrs overnight on an Air NZ bus outside of Kaikoura – terrified passengers prepared for the worst as they  endured a long night on a trapped bus, with landslips on one side and a stormy ocean on the other. There were no toilets or communications on board. They demanded the prime minister investigate why they weren’t rescued and why the road hadn’t been closed before the storm hit.

More Wanton Destruction In Kaikoura (March 2012) – Kaikoura police are appealing for help to catch the vandals that left a trail of destruction in the West End of Kaikoura last Saturday evening. Car windows were smashed and planters ruined during the vanadalism spree. In another incident Kaikoura man, Camden Lief Mitchell, 20 appeared in court and admitted willful damage after gratuitously kicking in the storefront window of a Kaikoura takeaway. He was sentenced to 40 hours’ community work and ordered to pay $708.32 reparation…

Kaikoura Youths Embarrass Town Again & Another ‘Once Were Warriors’ Upbringing (March 2012) – “Police are again warning the youth of Kaikoura to behave following a drunken party which left one man in hospital with a broken jaw and another facing charges of disorderly behaviour”…

Sick German Tourist Attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand “Just for Fun” – tourist had to travel from Kaikoura to Christchurch for medical treatment and got beaten up and robbed…

Soggy fish and unfriendly Kaikoura – Thinking about a trip to Kaikoura? be careful where you eat and whom you talk to. This was first published on the Trademe community forum

Kaikoura Safer Now Petrol Station Arsonist is Behind BarsNew Zealand’s grinding poverty no doubt had something to do with the attack on the Caltex Service Station in the small township of Kaikoura. In what could’ve been taken from a scene in the TV series Top of the Lake, the news site reported…

Kaikoura Firearm Chase and The Roar: A man was chased around Kaikoura at gun point and police issued an advisory to take care with firearms during the hunting season. Fortunately, the whale watching season was over and all animal lovers were likely to be absent from the town, thus spared from having to watch the slaughter…

Swiss Campers’ Tyres Slashed In Kaikoura– locals feel strongly about freedom campers…

Hapuku Local Damaged Road To Deter Freedom CampersToday we have some background to the issue of freedom camping in Hapuku. Read our most recent blog about the Swiss tourists whose tyres were slashed as they camped at a remote spot in Hapuku on March 1st, just north of the township of Kaikoura. It seems that freedom campers have been a thorn in the side for some angry residents, who say the problems became worse after Hapuku got a mention in the Lonely Planet Guide. A report headed Freedom camping under gun appeared in the Kaikoura star on 12/1//2012…

Kaikoura. Weak Justice Fails To Curb Crime Problem  (Jan 2012) – We’ve often blogged about the small tourist township of Kaikoura and its reputation for violence and crime. Tourists have been hospitalised by marauding mobs, visitors from Christchurch beaten and kidnapped,  seals clubbed to death and vacationing US soldiers robbed.

There’s A Lot Of Viciousness” In Kaikoura (Dec 2010) – immigrant couple, Ms Irvine-Boag 54, and her partner, Tony Neumann, 53 are moving out of the town because of two recent violent street assaults and an anonymous note telling them to “get out” of town. They moved to the coastal community in 2008 but say they soon encountered hostility from the locals who treated them as outsiders…

US Soliders Robbed In Kaikoura (Dec 2010) – two American soldiers, Eli and Tonia Gerhard, lost a large amount of property when their rental car was robbed. Following the theft police used a search warrant to enter a local address and “recovered a “substantial amount” of property” according to the Kaikoura Star. The couple had decided to take a holiday in New Zealand, away from the crime and strife of war ravaged Afghanistan where the couple had both been posted. What a bad choice New Zealand turned out to be for them. From the Marlborough Express:…

Kaikoura Street Attack – Further Details Emerge

Kaikoura’s Mobs – Street Violence Erupts Again

Five Arrested In Kaikoura Mob Attack

‘Holidaymakers’ Attacked, One Kidnapped, By Kaikoura ‘Mob’

Fur Seals Shot in Kaikoura