If you’re looking for violent crime, you can pick any town in New Zealand. It isn’t that hard.
Until the National led government started interfering with reporting requirements by making “procedural changes that wiped thousands of crimes off the stats” New Zealand had the fifth highest murder rate in the OECD and with good reason.
But you don’t have to just pick on Auckland if you’re looking for violent crime. It may be where shop keepers have had to take the law into their own hands and use hockey sticks to chase away armed robbers, where motorists are assaulted and mugged by itinerant windscreen washers at traffic lights, where women joggers get raped and murdered and young women attacked as they walk through parks, that’s too easy. Chose any small town. Take Palmerston North, for example, where there is an average of one sex attack a week.
From Kaitaia to Kaikoura to Invercargill, you’ll find the same issues: inter-generational poverty, substance abuse, high unemployment, broken communities and overstretched (sometimes absent) police resources.
The ‘lawless north’ townships of Kaikohe and Kaitaia are simply the worst of a bad bunch.
Last year a 12 year old boy pulled a gun on a dairy owner in Kaitaia. Which is more alarming – that a 12 year old has access to a gun, or that he’d prepared to use it to rob a corner store? In the western sector of the town there were 49 assaults and robberies – more than 2.5 times the national average. But wait, there’s worse. The smaller ‘burb of Kaitaia east had 39 – more than 3.5 times the national average..
Community in crisis
I don’t know the percentages but I do know this community is in crisis,” says Ricky Houghton, chief executive of the He Korowai Trust.
With a population of about 5000, Kaitaia punches above its weight when it comes to public place violence. source
A Newshub.co.nz investigation has uncovered the unpleasant truth that Kaikohe and Kaitaia have some of the highest rates of assaults, sex attacks and robberies among the minor urban centres. New Zealand’s crime epidemic isn’t just confined to its larger towns and cities, it’s endemic
The “our people problem”. Evidence that NZ’s bi-cultural experiment has failed Maori ?
“I honestly think if there were more opportunities for our people up here then there wouldn’t be such a huge crime rate,” says resident Puriwi Harawira. For the past 15 years Mr Houghton has run the He Korowai Trust, an organisation helping those in desperate need. He believes a lack of jobs and high welfare dependency drive crime.
“Eighty-five percent are on some form of benefit [and] 37 percent are single parents,” he says.”And the average income is $21,000 a year.”
An hour’s drive away is the township of Kaikohe, its violent crime figures are worse. “It is the top regional town for public violence”. Last year, 68 assaults, sexual attacks and robberies were reported in one part of town – over three times the national average. source.
Random street attacker was “having a bad day”
Meanwhile, in Christchurch it has allegedly taken police two weeks to follow-up on a random street attack on a young man that was recorded on a security camera at Ms Woods home. You can watch the shocking video of the violent attack here. Amazingly the attacker got let off with an official warning.
The 28-year-old was arriving home from work on April 20 when a man, also believed to live in the Templeton area west of Christchurch, attacked him on the street…
“All he did was just park up and was walking straight to the front door,” Ms Woods says, “Next minute a man came out of nowhere and started attacking him for no reason at all.”…
We went into [Christchurch Central Police Station] that day, we had actually handed the footage on a USB stick into them which they requested and… nothing’s happened and this guy’s still running around.”
“He just lashed straight into him with no reason at all.” Ms Woods says the man should have been arrested. “We’ve had nothing, absolutely nothing… and I’ve got to live in this area.”
Dunedin’s mean streets
Streets around the Octagon in Dunedin are up there with the most violent crime hotspots in New Zealand. Making it into Statistics NZ’s violent crime of towns with more than 30,000 people is there area around the Octagon, which accounted for 261 violent assaults, sex assaults or robberies last year. Among the violent crime in the area was the sex attack of a woman in Frederick Street, the assault of two police officers, a sexual assault near the Octagon, a policewoman punched in the face, and last week a man stabbed in the neck.
Hospitality New Zealand Otago branch president Mark Scully said he was shocked by the statistics but the area represented all of Dunedin as that was where everybody congregated to socialise. “I’m surprised and horrified by those numbers,” Mr Scully said.
Not as shocked and surprised as the victims are Mr Scully
St John Coastal Otago area manager Doug Third said his staff dealt with assaults “a lot” around the city and the figures did not surprise him. Staff workload in the Octagon area, especially on weekends, was “quite high” and was mostly alcohol-related, he said.
The most victim reports for assaults, sexual assaults and robberies was Auckland central west 550. Nationally, 24,035 public place assaults, sexual assaults and robberies were recorded by police in 2015.
Huge criminal underclass, rapes harms and kills with almost impunity
And those were only the ones that got reported in Dunedin, we know many more never make it onto the record books or are ‘incorrectly categorized’. Read one police officer’s first hand account of what really goes on behind the statstics – British Cop in Northland: NZ’s “Crime Statistics a Work of Fiction”. Here’s an excerpt:
The level of incompetence is unbelievable and any suggestion to try something new (to them) is treated with scorn. I’ve never seen the levels of repetitive drink driving and family violence I’ve seen in NZ and I spent 10 years in UK Policing. As for the crime statistics their a work of fiction worthy of a Booker prize! There is a huge criminal underclass in this country and everyone knows who they are but aren’t prepare to do anything meaningful about them due to ‘political correctness’, meanwhile they rape, rob, harm and kill with almost impunity.
Auckland, Wellington and Central Hamilton
More than 24,000 reports of crimes in public areas have been analysed to find New Zealand’s most crime-ridden spots
New data from Statistics New Zealand shows an average of three people are assaulted, sexually assaulted or robbed per day in public areas of Auckland’s CBD. The western area of central Auckland had the highest number of public assaults, robberies and sexual assaults in the country, with 550 last year.
These were followed by central Wellington between Willis Street and Cambridge Terrace, with central Hamilton in third. The waterfront and eastern part of Auckland’s CBD also fell into the top ten highest crime areas….Just last month Waitemata and Gulf ward councillor Mike Lee said the city was unsafe after a number of violent attacks on international students in the area.
Read more about what Mike Lee said here:It’s Official – Auckland is Unsafe: Street Gangs Need to Be Cleaned Up Once and For All. Chinese Consulate Demands Solution.
Stay street smart, stay safe in Auckland
An Auckland CBD resident for 32 years, Tim Coffey, said safety was something people had to be aware of in the area. “I think in Auckland you have to be very street smart if you’re going to walk around. “Fortunately I’m quite tall, I’m about 1.94 metres, and it’s been quite a while since I’ve been assaulted or chased – but I have been. “We have two negative forces in the CBD. One is alcohol and its availability and that’s where you get all the brawls that you’ve seen on TV. “They’re not street people but people going out to party. And then you’ve got then issues of homelessness and depravation.”Mr Coffey said it was part of a growing gap between the rich and poor…
“It’s got nothing to do with absense (sic) of police, it’s got everything to do with social disintigration (sic).” source Radio NZ
However, it should be noted that the police budget has been frozen for five years, until last year when it was reduced by 1 per cent, from $1.624bn to $1.609bn. According to a briefing to the new minister Judith Collins in December 2015, police have absorbed $300 million in cost in the past four years. source
Whangarei rape victim still in hospital
Meanwhile in another ‘Lawless North’ town – Whangarei – a female jogger who was abducted, raped and seriously injured at 6:30 am last Friday is still recovering from her injuries in hospital.
The woman in her early 20s was dragged off the track last Friday about 6.30am and driven to a house where she was sexually assaulted. She was left badly injured in central Whangarei, where a member of the public found her and alerted emergency services. Whangarei Hospital staff confirmed the woman was in a stable condition.
Her attack wasn’t as isolated, or as ‘rare’ as media reports would have you believe.
We all remember the manner of Joanne Pert’s death in the exclusive Auckland suburb of Remuera.
We know about the woman that was bound and raped in Dunedin.
We shook our heads in disbelief when Blessie Gotingco was mown down, raped and murdered as she walked home from work in the North Shore one evening.
We wondered at the sanity of the youth who attacked, raped and murdered Auckland grandmother Cun Xui Tian in her Te Atatu home.
We were horrified when a five year old Belgian girl was raped and mutilated on a Turangi campsite by a youth out of his mind on drugs.
We held our breath after another five year old was abducted from a street and indecently assulted on her way to school in Palmerston North one morning.
We support the West Auckland community of Onehunga as it lives in fear and tries to ‘reclaim the day’ after a serial sex offender (in his early teens) continues to evade hapless police.
We wonder why police in the small hamlet of Kaikoura have yet to arrest the man who raped a woman as she walked home late one afternoon.
But no degree of public outrage, or media downplay, can prevent these crimes. They are continuing with impunity.
There is a change for the worse in New Zealand and it appears no-one is capable of dealing with a problem that has its roots in grinding poverty, mental illness and substance abuse.
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