Another ‘Real Middle Earth moment’ – father and child pulled from car and beaten with baseball bats in Palmerston North. And other crimes…

A reminder today that violent crime continues unabated in most of New Zealand’s small communities, large towns and cities. This is the real middle earth, more Orc than Hobbit. The Manawatu Standard‘s headline: Father and son pulled from ute and attacked with baseball bats in Palmerston North A man and his teenage son were the victims…

Steel Mesh Nightmare Looms for Thousands of NZ Property Owners, Worse than Leaky Homes Crisis. Steel Used in Roads and Bridges Too.

An insurance nightmare is looming for thousands of New Zealand property owners who’ve invested in buildings with reinforced concrete slabs built since 2012. There may also be serious repercussions for property prices in Auckland, and other areas with grossly over inflated values, if buildings become uninsurable because of the presence of sub-standard steel reinforcing. The…

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…