Regarding youth violence in Paraparaumu.
The two young lads interviewed on TV said that “there was nothing to do in Paraparaumu in the weekends and evenings”.
My uncle was the police sergeant in charge in Westport in the 1940s. He was so concerned about the “idle youths” on the streets getting into trouble that he founded the Westport Police Youth Club. It was an instant success and continued for many years.
It was run by various police staff and local adults. It included physical activities such as wrestling, judo, table tennis, etc. These days pool tables would be a natural inclusion.
I’m sure that the Paraparaumu Police would be behind such an organisation. There must be many suitably retired people in the district who would be interested in volunteering their help. I’m sure that the Kapiti council would be supportive in finding the accommodation.
PS, Why on earth does a pub have to be open till 3am? Surely midnight would be late enough.