The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE -

The statis­tics show two North­landers are as­saulted ev­ery sin­gle day and the num­ber of as­saults is ris­ing. Those are only the re­ported cases. Kaikohe is now New Zealand’s most vi­o­lent small town and Kaitaia is also in the top 10. A North­land Dis­trict Court judge is find­ing about 90 per cent of the cases he hears in­volve drug ad­dic­tion. This in­cludes fam­ily violence of­fend­ing and burglary cases to fund meth habits. Ad­dic­tion, men­tal health, lack of jobs and low in­comes are be­ing blamed. Labour will in­crease the num­ber of sworn po­lice of­fi­cers by 1000 over three years. I be­lieve we need to take a pre­ven­tion-first ap­proach to crime. Labour will tackle the root causes of crime to re­duce of­fend­ing and make our com­mu­ni­ties safer.

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