Kaikohe, Kaitaia. New Zealand Communities in Crisis

Update 26 July 2016: 10th homicide in seven years, third knife attack in a week – is Kaitaia the murder capital of NZ? 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…

New Zealand’s Toughest Town – Updated

This week on Television New Zealand’s Close Up: “Reporter Jehan Casinader investigates what life is like in one of our toughest towns. Sex for drugs and organised fights – and we’re talking about teenagers. What can be done to help?.” The show hasn’t even aired yet and no one know what the town is, but…

“What Are You Doing In OUR Town?”

A group of visitors to Kawakawa’s iconic Hundertwasser toilets got rather more than a ‘traditional Kiwi welcome’ as they visited the facility late Tuesday afternoon. A couple of (local?) thugs decided to beat and rob them. The assault was covered by the Northern Advocate, which said that the group was on a scavenger hunt, for…

Tourists Caught Up In Northland Shoot-out

The lawless north lived up to its reputation again yesterday when a party of tourists on quad bikes near Ahipara were caught up in the aftermath of an armed “squabble” between two brothers. The group was stopped by fully kitted out Armed Offender Squad officers looking for the offenders, no doubt scaring the wits out…