Crime brings experts out in full force
Most people who live in New Zealand believe we live in a peaceful and safe country.
That view may be coloured from time to time if there is a burglary or an attack that is a little close to home. There may be a skewed view in personal circumstances when one is in an abusive relationship, but generally we tend to think we’d rather live here than anywhere else when it comes to personal safety and levels of crime.
We have far fewer burglaries than we did when police staff numbers were higher even though there has been a recent increase. There are fewer drunken street assaults than before the alcohol reforms, but domestic violence is slightly higher.
The newer, post 2008 initiatives, against crime are working better than expected, although are not silver bullets.
Counter to that is the view of those who tend to think that the world is going to hell in a hand cart and that includes levels of crime, along with political correctness, over-sensitivity, education and health, which are apparently all turning to custard. None of this stacks up statistically by the way.
But when it comes to law and order, everyone is an expert, and they love bad news when it comes to the justice sector.
The scream goes up that we need more police, yet we are experiencing lower and lower levels of crime.
Politically though, we are seeing the rise and rise of fear about crime and we are seeing the perennial law and order big red button being pushed by political parties.
The window of consensus about smart and practical responses to crime is shutting. Labour wants to grab some traction and look like an alternative government so talking tough on crime. National wants to retain is talking tough on crime. New Zealand First wanting to keep the votes of the older and insecure is talking tough on crime.
Sensible solutions are not popular with voters. They want their hell-in-a-handcart perceptions confirmed. Voters want people locked up for longer, but don’t want to pay for it. They want crime to come down, but don’t want to fund the cost of proven and practical sentences that bring crime down.
For about eight years the major political parties have agreed with academics and practitioners about dealing with crime and criminals.
Now the politics is getting in the way of reason.
The need to get elected will overtake rationality because ‘if it bleeds it leads’ as they say in the media. So profile-hungry politicians will be front and centre with a line on every violent offence or social tragedy, with their finger poised over that big red ‘tough on crime button’.
The sad news received from the Minister of Defence that Sergeant O M Young of Otakeho was killed in action in France.
Among the names of those recently killed in action was Private E Duff of Te Roti.
Harold Bates of Eltham, name also appeared on the list of those killed in action. Private Edward Parker (Hawera), Private A J Leatherby aged 22 (Hawera), Private W C Hill (Manaia), E Walsh (Eltham), M J Claridge (Hawera), Merson Brett (Hawera), John Holmes Crighton (Hawera), Cornelius Alen Volkert (Ngaere), B Warner (Opunake) and David Stewart (Manaia).
Local Riverlea boy ’’Teddy’’ Quinn was reported wounded. He was in the 13th Reinforcements. Gunner W H Franks also of Riverlea was wounded.
Mr W D Ross of Eltham received a small piece of tubing picked up from the debris of a German Zeppelin L21 that was brought down in England by the British.
Wedding Bells: Maude Hudson (England) married Mr O E Williams (Kaponga).
From Normanby butcher F. Andrews: The old system of hawking carts has been superseded by the up-to-date order principal. All orders will be delivered direct from the shop in a clean and fresh condition.
Births: Kelly, to Mr and Mrs John Kelly of Te Roti, a daughter. MacDonald, to Mr and Mrs S E MacDonald of Kakaramea a son, Jones, to Mr and Mrs F J Jones of Erin Street, Hawera a daughter.
Word has been received that Private Harold Wilkinson, son of Mr C A Wilkinson, MP, has received a commission as Lieutenant in the British Army and he is now on active service in France.
New York: There were 50 Americans aboard the steamer Mariner that was torpedoed without warning off the Irish Coast.
‘‘They love bad news when it comes to the justice sector’’
Cricket: Third grade; HOB 88 (R Sunday) 22, B Dunlop 4-25, S Hughes (3-20) lost to Normanby 101 (B Dunlop 26, G Muggeridge 28, R
Duffs 22, D Nuku 3-15) by 13 runs.
Bob Charles won the New Zealand Benson and Hedges fourmatch golf series by eight strokes.
Hawera ATC Cadets Tim Bowyer, Corporal John Dickinson, Peter Wiley, Grant Cambie and Gavin Stevenson had their photo in The Star.
The Hawera Golf Club title went to Howard Kennedy when he beat George Hill one-up.
Wedding Bells: Margaret Savage (Normanby) married Dick Vaoga (Hawera); Barbara Ann Reid (Hawera) married Russell William Fellows (Waiuku); Ian Lawrence Hall (Hawera) married Beth Annette Eades (Hawera); Pamela Adele Simons (Hawera) married George Dalgleish (England); Catherine Hurley (Hurleyville) married Tony Koubaridis (Waverley); Patricia Guilford (Hawera) married Donald Picard (Hawera), Cheryl Brew (Eltham) married Michael Adams (Eltham).
Situation Vacant: Machinist – Female Machinist required for our sack repairing department. £8 10s per 40 hour week. Apply Manager, Taranaki Sack Co Ltd, South Road, Hawera.
It was reported that a 1935 threepence sold for £20.
Minnie Graham (Opunake) won £400 in the Golden Kiwi Lottery.
At the Movies: The Regent – Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines.
Births: Brewer to Hilary and David a son.
Miss Whirlpool 1966 was Miss Jennifer McCarten who was crowned at Hicks Park on Saturday night.
Price Chopper opened its doors on Sunday – The manager was Grant Hadley.
Paul Jones opened his Initial show home on the corner of High and Albion Streets.
Photo in the Star: Andrew Tippett of Kapuni with his calf at the Kapuni School Pets day.
There were 125 gardens opened in the Taranaki Rhododendron Festival.
Cliff Hunt was appointed the new Manager of The Star.
Photo in the Star: Venture Leader Tussock Roberts congratulated Chris Gillum and Kevin Bezuidenhout at their investiture as Queens Scouts.
Gemma Butler and her calf at the Kapuni calf day featured on the front page of the Star.
Cliff Hunt was appointed manager of the South Taranaki Star in 1991.