Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Crime Stats Hide the Real Story, Says Trust

Press release 28-7-06

Crime Stats Hide the Real Story, Says Trust.

The Government has been so busy trumpeting recent crime statistics that it has failed to notice New Zealand people are living in fear and being forced to build barriers to protect themselves against the rising tide of crime in the community.

This week new crime statistics for 2005 showed almost every town and city in New Zealand has its own trade-mark criminal speciality and with police struggling to find new recruits, people were instead using drastic measures to defend themselves and their property.

A spate of horrific murders including the recent slaying of Wellington firefighter Tony Stanlake and Tokoroa teacher Lois Dear showed just how violent New Zealand had become.

Spokesman for The Sensible Sentencing Trust, Garth McVicar, said in his home town of Napier, recently named as having one of the highest crime rates in the country, constant criminal activity had forced the council to erect a prison-like 2.3m high fence around its botanical gardens.

“The fence is yet another win for the criminals, who are forcing us to drastically change our lives to suit them. Instead of building more barriers society should be gathering all its resources to fight the rising tide of criminal offending,” said Mr McVicar.

"This is where crime begins – with the vandalism of our gardens and property today, and serious violence against law-abiding citizens tomorrow. We shouldn’t be giving into these hoons and thugs. Instead we should be treating them like a virus and eradicating them.”

Mr McVicar said that many soldiers had given their lives fighting for democracy and freedom overseas, but the biggest threat to that freedom was now within our own shores.

"Those soldiers must be turning in their graves to see how successive governments and community leaders have bowed and scraped to the whim of the crims."

The fence Napier is building was a sad monument to how low society had sunk, said Mr McVicar, and he pledged that the Sensible Sentencing Trust would continue pressuring government and local body politicians to fight crime like the evil virus it was.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. 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>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages