LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
YOUTH AND CRIME
It is deeply concerning that young people are running wild in Upper Hutt over the holidays and that they seem to have little respect for others and the law.
Some years ago we had the blue light activities that were aimed at the aimless youth of the city. It appears as a community over the years we have lost ground and are heading backwards.
It is I believe the fault of the current government that has, since been elected, pulled out funding for many social services on a piecemeal bases so that all the gains made are now lost. Crime is the price we pay for the lack of social services and the continued pressure on both parents to go into full time paid employment.
Discontented youth and a growing inequality fuel a lack of respect for other people’s possessions and make them fair gain. We need to unify as a community and find solutions to engage our youth and to encourage good behaviour by affirming them when the act appropriately but also to let them know under no circumstance will we tolerate them holding the community to ransom
We also need to stop discriminating against struggling families and blaming their parents for perceived neglect. Let’s all take responsibility for creating a safe community, stand strong together, find the answer to our youth issues and if necessary demand local and central government to provide funding for social service where needed like blue light activities of the past.
A lot of people I guess have seen the activity at the Railway station area. The plan is to make a new walk way from the station to the Main road.
I’m sure the $1million plus that
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What a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Last Tuesday I went into WINZ in Upper Hutt. I was stopped from entering the building by an Armourguard employee.
He demanded to see any form of ID that I may have been carrying and also asked what business I was there for, before he would allow me to proceed. By this time he had been joined by another guard.
I told these people that I was very annoyed at this arrogant treatment.
felt very intimidated and was upset by this incident.
I amabout to turn 68, I have lived and worked in Upper Hutt all my life. Now I ama pensioner. I don’t think that I have suddenly become a threat to the nation.
Armourguard is a multinational company, their profits leave New Zealand for ever. I object strongly that they are given powers to collect private information about me.
I suggest to WINZ that they move their entry validation sequence inside their building and screen off their staff from this activity. Place a notice outside saying (in a nice way) that entry is subject to some formalities. And why not use a local Security Company?