29 March 2021
Action needed on gang violence in Napier now
The Hawke's Bay community wants more police officers whose presence are more visible and who act more swiftly and decisively when a threat is being reported by the community.
“Residents are scared and that’s what we heard loud and clear at our community meeting on gangs in Napier recently,” MP for Taupo Louise Upston says.
The meeting was held in Napier on Wednesday 17 March, hosted by Louise and Simon Bridges, National’s Justice spokesperson.
Speakers sharing their experiences included members of the Mongrel Mob and Black Power gangs, business owners and residents.
Ms Upston says the people have spoken and their voices are unanimous.
“Every day we hear news reports of gang on gang violence and the severity appears to be increasing.
“Gangs are continuing to live up to their violent reputation, their use of guns in public has become far too common. We’ve already seen an innocent member of the public caught in the crossfire.
“Parents shouldn’t have to worry about their children joining gangs.
“I’ve written to Police Minister Poto Williams to ask her to take urgent action to curb the increasing gang activity and violence in Napier.
“The community has a right to go about their lives peacefully and without the ongoing threat of violence.
“I hope the Minister heeds this call for action and does something about it before it’s too late and someone is killed,” Ms Upston says.
Notes to editors: A copy of the letter to the Minister for Police is attached.
Media contact: Louise Upston 0274767887
Authorised by Louise Upston,, 67 Paora Hapi Street, Taupo
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