Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Te Reipa Morunga Sergeant Tu¯rangi Po­lice

Kia ora koutou. I’m happy to re­port that last week here in Tu¯rangi we had no re­ported bur­glar­ies at all. There was one un­law­ful tak­ing of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and eight fam­ily harm in­ci­dents.

How­ever, I’m not so happy that we’re not do­ing well on the drinkdriv­ing front at present. Over the last three weeks we’ve had caught five drink-driv­ers which is quite high for us. All of the of­fend­ers were lo­cals and one was a 70-yearold who was three times the le­gal blood limit.

One of our of­fend­ers had been drink­ing at home and gone out to get more al­co­hol, one had been drink­ing with friends at a bar­be­cue and one had been at work. We don’t have de­tails for the other two, but all of them were picked up dur­ing rou­tine po­lice stops.

Bear in mind that if you’re out and about you are go­ing to be stopped and as part of our pro­ce­dures, ev­ery driver will be breath-tested. So if you’re drink­ing it’s just not worth the risk to drive.

Lastly, we had a re­ally pos­i­tive com­mu­nity meet­ing with a large num­ber of Tau­pahi Rd area res­i­dents re­cently, or­gan­ised by Com­mu­nity Con­sta­ble Blair Robert­son and our Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port co-or­di­na­tor Kathy Small­man. We were able to talk about what we are do­ing in their area and em­power the group to keep safe, con­tinue the suc­cess­ful Viber tree and call 111 if they see any­thing sus­pi­cious. We’ve also been in­creas­ing our pa­trols in that area.

Have a good week, Te Reipa.

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