Kids cause havoc in Kaikohe


A North­land com­mu­nity leader is call­ing for law changes en­abling cur­fews after chil­dren ram­paged through the town on the week­end.

Kaikohe com­mu­nity pa­trol leader Tony Tay­lor said about 15 to 20 young­sters aged 12 to 14 caused ‘‘havoc around town’’ on the night of March 17, break­ing into a liquor store and steal­ing about 10 boxes of beer.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing about 1am, the group tried to break into a ser­vice sta­tion.

‘‘The big­gest prob­lem is that we have no po­lice in town,’’ Tay­lor said.

‘‘They were deal­ing with in­ci­dents in Kerik­eri and Pai­hia for St Pa­trick’s Day.

‘‘There were five cops on Satur­day night and three last night [Sun­day] to cover Kaikohe, Kerik­eri, Kaeo and Rus­sell. So if some­thing hap­pens in Rus­sell and they are all over there, there is no one to cover the Mid North.’’

He says there was one sergeant in Kaikohe to at­tend the party and the sergeant couldn’t con­front 15-20 young peo­ple.

They man­aged to ar­rest two of­fend­ers that night and an­other on Satur­day.

Tay­lor says he has re­viewed CCTV footage and has man­aged to iden­tify most of the group mem­bers.

He hopes he can con­vince the Far North District Coun­cil to bring about an emer­gency by­law to en­force a cur­few for young peo­ple.

‘‘We are go­ing to change the town – it is a re­ally good town. There are just a few dys­func­tional fam­i­lies and we have got to look at how to solve the dys­func­tional peo­ple.

‘‘They [young peo­ple] shouldn’t be out, par­ents don’t care, we need a law change.’’

North­land MP Win­ston Peters says more po­lice are needed in North­land.

‘‘The thin blue line has been bro­ken by this Gov­ern­ment. Once we have it re­stored, and iden­tify the cul­prits, a se­ri­ous fo­cus must go on the fam­i­lies in­volved.

‘‘The youth jus­tice age should not have been raised . . . The of­fend­ers should be tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tion.’’

Mid-Far North area com­man­der In­spec­tor Alan Sy­monds ac­knowl­edged North­land po­lice staff had been ‘‘busy man­ag­ing a num­ber of in­ves­ti­ga­tions this year’’.

‘‘How­ever, this has been recog­nised and ad­di­tional in­ves­tiga­tive staff have been added to the North­land po­lice district staffing for the 2016/17 year.’’

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