Street on verge of biker bust-up

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Vi­o­lence is close to erupt­ing on a Ti­tahi Bay street be­ing ter­rorised by mo­tor­cy­clists.

Res­i­dents of Mawhare St came to the Kapi-Mana News in des­per­a­tion, claim­ing their nu­mer­ous ap­peals to the po­lice for help have been ig­nored.

The two res­i­dents, who wish to re­main anony­mous, say they are close to be­ing driven to vi­o­lence over the noise and van­dal­ism they have been sub­jected to for two years.

‘‘It’s get­ting to a boil­ing point,’’ one man says. ‘‘It’s just hu­man in­stinct to pro­tect your fam­ily.’’

The men have lived on the street for four years, and say the trou­ble started two years ago.

Groups of peo­ple on trail bikes come up the street daily to ac­cess the bush trail at the street’s end.

Ac­cord­ing to the res­i­dents, the mo­tor­cy­clists do burn-outs on the street, drink al­co­hol and leave bot­tles be­hind, and oc­ca­sion­ally take cars il­le­gally into the bush.

They say they know some of the mo­tor­cy­cles are stolen, and ac­cuse some of the bik­ers of grow­ing mar­i­juana in the bush and car­ry­ing weapons.

One res­i­dent says his chil­dren are no longer able to play on the street’s grass verge, and are kept awake by the bikes’ ‘‘ ex­ces­sive noise’’, which of­ten per­sists un­til mid­night.

At first, noise was the only prob­lem, but when res­i­dents con­fronted the rid­ers, they be­came vic­tims of van­dal­ism.

The men who spoke to KapiMana News have had their tyres slashed four times and their dog has been run over by a mo­tor­cy­clist, re­quir­ing ve­teri­nar­ian care.

They say neigh­bours’ win­dows have been bro­ken.

The men re­ported the prob­lems to the po­lice, only to be told there was noth­ing the po­lice could do.

‘‘Whose prob­lem is it then?’’ one man says. ‘‘ I un­der­stand that there’s a lot go­ing on, but it’s been so long.’’

The van­dal­ism in­ci­dents are not be­ing treated as part of the wider mo­tor­cy­clist prob­lem by po­lice, the res­i­dents say.

‘‘It’s like they’re wait­ing for some­thing big to hap­pen.’’

The men have also com­plained to Porirua City Coun­cil, who said the land was owned by Hous­ing New Zealand, but they also deny own­er­ship.

The men be­lieve the mo­tor­cy­clists

car have sin­gled them out for ha­rass­ment be­cause they com­plained.

‘‘They prob­a­bly tar­get us be­cause we’re the ones who tell them to piss off,’’ one man says.

Ngati Toa School, whose fields run along Mawhare St, had grass churned up by bik­ers over Queen’s Birth­day Week­end, says the school’s of­fice man­ager Raewyn Mun­roe.

Nearby Ti­tahi Bay In­ter­me­di­ate School had its wet fields ripped up by bik­ers that Mon­day. She says bik­ers use schools as short­cuts to avoid streets, as they of­ten ride un­reg­is­tered trail bikes. The bik­ers clearly have noth­ing bet­ter to do all day than ride around, she said.

‘‘They’re ob­vi­ously unem­ployed. I feel sorry for the ones on the road [Mawhare St].’’

Ti­tahi Bay com­mu­nity con­sta­ble Hemi Tito says he would rather not com­ment at this stage, but says he will look into the men’s com­plaints.

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