Those of you that don’t care to read about everyday shootings in New Zealand are advised to look away now, if you’re wanting to preserve the cocoon you live in close the page and go put the kettle on.
A double shooting this morning in West Auckland left a 23 year old man dead and 20 year old critically injured. The shooting took place on Luanda Drive in Ranui around 11am (watch the video of the scene here). Police are talking darkly about possible gang involvement (that one’s a no-brainer) and say the shooting is unrelated to the double murder of a mother and daughter stabbed to death on nearby Pooks Road earlier this week. Meanwhile police in Whangarei are looking for a young man after another liquor store was robbed at gunpoint last night, the fourth in recent weeks.
For such a ‘socially progressive’ country you’d think that New Zealand would be able to better manage the factors that drive people to attack and rob each other. You’d hope that this small society of under 4.5 million people would be able to better protect its citizens, especially from the many gangs that form the institutionalised underbelly of NZ’s society. That it would have a social cohesiveness that would bind people to each other with a sense of community.
At the very least for such a small country, New Zealand should have effective methods for dealing with its miscreants, most of whom are appallingly young to be committing such crimes and filling its prisons to over capacity.
Scratch the surface just a fraction and you’ll discover how failed a society New Zealand is. These stories are just from today’s news:
Meanwhile, in the Auckland suburb of Papakura police are looking for a 12 year old boy who is behind a string of indecent assaults on women. He’s been active since December and they’ve still not caught him.
In New Plymouth 17 year old Jayden Pescini has pleaded guilty for attacking Ivan Kalashnikov, a Russian triathlete out on a training ride. He knocked out four of his teeth and split open his chin. Pescini has a history of assault, drug and alcohol issues.
Waikato police are on the hunt for a dangerous wanted man -34 year old Blaine Tuawawa Maihi, who is in breach of a home detention sentence in Opotiki. He is responsible for serious assaults against a Hamilton woman earlier this month. Hamilton CID say “Maihi has been described as acting irrationally and being unstable.”
Opotiki population <9,000 souls, has a history of violent crime. You may remember the three gang prospects that were jailed for the rape of a Japanese tourist. You may also recall that three of the youths arrests for the savage beating of the young German couple in Whakatane were from the township too.
Three people are due to appear in Gisborne court this week for the gun-point robbery of Mexican tourist Roberto Arteaga. They are aged 17, 19 and 22. Gisborne has a long history of gang activity, armed robberies, high unemployment and rampant substance abuse:
“…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.
The mental health issues, people who fly into rages and can’t handle everyday reality because of constantly being stoned. Kids at school stoned, or not at school at all.
The experience of taking my child to a public toilet where before us a school kid (in uniform) had been inside getting stoned.
Going to town with my young children and walking past carloads of people parked up smoking weed.
The young mother all of 17-years-old in a store so stoned she could barely speak with her passed out baby in her arms . . . no doubt they had just been ‘toking’ in the car, too!…” source
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Laws dryly observes that Kawhia’s local cop, Perry Griffin, is the third officer to be run out of town “by local thugs” in the last ten years.
In his report Laws highlights the lack of resources in New Zealand towns that have been effectively abandoned by the state. The poverty stricken areas, where generations of families survive on a combination of welfare and crime, simply do not have the funds to fight crime effectively. Yet this is in a country with a GDP of $142 billion, where does the money go? Mostly on welfare payments we guess… read on