Youth vi­o­lence

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

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.

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