Street on verge of biker bust-up
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.