July 04, 2014
West crime wave ignored
Waipareira Trust chief executive John Tamihere says politicians are trying to deny the crime and social deprivation that is blighting west Auckland.
Mr Tamihere spoke to last night’s Waitakere Ethnic Affairs Board meeting about the five murders in the city in recent weeks.
He says unlike the resources that went into south Auckland after a spate of murders a few years ago, nothing is being done for the west.
That’s despite the area falling within the electorate of Prime Minister John Key, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett and Labour leader David Cunliffe.
" Our youth populations are requiring assistance. They don't require policemen on every corner and in every family but they do require assistance for hard out families where one third of our families are solo mums. Those mums need support and they need support with male role models and so forth. When you raise these things you're told you're not getting anything because there's not a problem " he says.
John Tamihere says ministers claim crime rates have dropped as much as 60 percent since National has been Government, but that’s because the way crime is reported has changed.
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