Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


First rural gun buyback event to be held today

Joanna MacKenzie, Reporter

The first rural gun buyback event is happening later today in Waipu, a small town south of Whangarei.

Waipu Rugby Club. Photo: RNZ / Joanna Mackenzie

It followed on from the Christchurch collection last weekend, which compensated gun owners $433,682 for handing in their weapons.

The Waipu Rugby and Squash Football Club would host the gun buyback collection from 3pm today, even though it clashed with a junior rugby tournament being held this week.

The Taniwha Cup started on Tuesday and runs until Saturday.

Play was being stopped early today to allow the grounds to be cleared and the police to set up the event.

Stuart Abercrombie from the club said it was a bit of a juggle, but they would manage.

"A little bit of logistics but we've discussed it with the Taniwha Cup people and they're going to be out of here at roughly 2pm and the police will be here at 3pm with the buyback scheme."

"It's quite a tight turn around but it can be done if there's no one else around and the police can have the environment to themselves," he said.

Even though it had taken a bit of organising, the club was a good place to have the event because it was a secure building.

Mr Abercrombie was also a gun owner himself, and would be making sure his guns were legal under the new rules.

"I think it is but I'm going to recheck."

"So that's where I'm at at the moment, and making sure what I think is secure, is secure," he said.

Dylan Jones was another staunch member of the club and also a duck shooter.

He thought Waipu was a good location for the event.

"We can accommodate, we are quite central here."

"So we can accommodate people from over the Brynderwyns or a little bit further north in Mata, it's not that far away," he said.

Away from the rugby club and people on the main street in Waipu, few had heard that the buyback scheme was coming to Waipu.

Marilyn Cox, who runs the Bream Bay News, said she knew about it because the police asked her to put an advert in the paper.

But she had not received any letters to the editors in response to the ad.

"I don't think I've had any, I think I've had one comment from someone who owns a semi-automatic [firearm] who said he uses it to shoot wild pigs."

"And we do have a lot of wild pigs at the moment, I think the warmer weather seems to have resulted in some fast breeding wild pigs and they are a bit of plague," she said.

Police were unavailable to speak to the RNZ ahead of the event, but would be hosting another collection in nearby Maungaturoto tomorrow.

By which time, the Waipu Rugby & Squash Football Club said it would be back to business as usual hosting the Taniwha Cup.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Addiction To Chinese Student Fees

Last week, Australian PM Scott Morrison extended its ban on foreign visitors from or passing through from mainland China – including Chinese students - for a third week. New Zealand has dutifully followed suit, with our travel ban ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Coronavirus, And The Iowa Debacle

As Bloomberg says, the coronavirus shutdown is creating the world’s biggest work-from-home experiment. On the upside, the mortality rate with the current outbreak is lower than with SARS in 2003, but (for a number of reasons) the economic impact this time ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Dodging A Bullet Over The Transport Cost Over-Runs

As New Zealand gears up to begin its $6.8 billion programme of large scale roading projects all around the country, we should be aware of this morning’s sobering headlines from New South Wales, where the cost overruns on major transport projects ... More>>

Gordon Campbell:On Kobemania, Palestine And The Infrastructure Package

Quick quiz to end the week. What deserves the more attention – the death of a US basketball legend, or the end of Palestinian hopes for an independent state? Both died this week, but only one was met with almost total indifference by the global community. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Double Standard That’s Bound To Dominate The Election

Are National really better political managers than Labour, particularly when it comes to running the economy? For many voters – and the business community in particular - their belief in National’s inherent competence is a simple act of faith. More>>

Gordon Campbell : On Dealing With Impeccable, Impeachable Lies

By now, the end game the Republican Senate majority has in mind in their setting of the rules for the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is pretty clear to everyone: first deny the Democrats the ability to call witnesses and offer evidence, and then derisively dismiss the charges for lack of evidence. For his part, does former security adviser John Bolton really, really want to testify against his former boss? If there was any competing faction within the Republican Party, there might be some point for Bolton in doing so – but there isn’t. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Dice Are Loaded Against Women..

If they enter public life, women can expect a type of intense (and contradictory) scrutiny that is rarely applied to their male counterparts... More>>