Gang Riot. Update: 15 May 2015 – The day after this article was published a gang war kicked off in the Kaikohe township with open fighting in the streets. Days later police from all over the region instigated a crack-down on gangs (believed to be Rebels v. Tribesmen) in Kaikohe, saying residents had had enough of the local thugs. News reports say the fight was witnessed by members of the public, including children who were distressed by what they’d seen. Police raided a number of properties in the locality and arrested 7 people, including teenagers to people in their mid 30s. Methamphetamine, cannabis, chains clubs, hammers, knives and screwdrivers were seized. source.Some residents are saying problem is exacerbated because there aren’t enough police patrolling the streets (Also see Large meth lab bust linked to Rebels gang near Kaikohe, 2 March 2015)
May 8 2015 – The Northland township of Kaikohe first made world news in 1991 when a group of its children attacked Santa in the local Christmas parade. Things haven’t improved since then. Video has been published overnight of an attack on a school girl at Kaikohe bus station. Residents have been shocked by young woman’s attack and have called for Police Sergeant Swann to put officers back on the beat. The attacker has been named by people on a number of sites as Kaikohe woman Terry Henry.
Adults present in the locality seemed hesitant to prevent the attack, while people waiting at the bus station cheered on the assailant and videoed it on their phones. However, police eventually arrived and arrested the female attacker.
This brutal beating, which has gained international attention, brings New Zealand’s violent culture of brutality into sharp focus. Again.
Meanwhile, other videos of Kaikohe fights have been uploaded to Facebook, including one at Kaikohe Intermediate School.
If you’re emigrating to New Zealand, keep an eye on your kids. If they get into trouble don’t expect people to come to their aid.
Woman beats the shit out of a schoolgirl in Kaikohe, bystanders seem amused and don’t help. http://t.co/AaIFFZNgrf
— NewZealand News (@NewZealandRDT) May 7, 2015
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