Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Gang Crime Escalates

Gang Crime Escalates

ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today renewed her attack on Police Minister George Hawkins, demanding to know how he could allow gang-related crime to rise unchecked since 1999.

"Answers to my written Parliamentary Questions show that, since 1999, the number of gang apprehensions has soared across the board, signalling a dramatic rise in gang-related crime," Dr Newman said.

"Apprehensions for dishonesty and property abuses show the largest increase, up 48 percent and 31 percent respectively. Sexual offences and drug offences are not far behind, both having risen almost 30 percent.

"This is unacceptable. Police have already warned that with gangs outnumbering police by three to one - and only ten specialist officers trying to control the gang-related methamphetamine explosion, which has risen by 300 percent - they are losing the war against gangs and crime.

"Keeping citizens safe is a core role of government. While in Opposition, Police Minister George Hawkins promised he would crack down on gangs. Yet, since being Minister, he has failed to do the job.

"Given these dreadful statistics that I am releasing today, Mr Hawkins must explain to all New Zealanders exactly how he intends to turn the situation around so it the police who are winning the war on crime and not the gangs," Dr Newman said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>


Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>


Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>





Featured InfoPages