Local Opinion

Wellington boffins could have spoken to us

I grew up in Te Awamutu. Our township was my playground, knocking about with mates, riding bikes and playing cricket and rugby in vacant lots. As an adult, I’ve also spent time living in Cambridge,…

Love they neighbour 

This month Neighbourhood Support is focusing on spreading a little joy through random acts of kindness. It’s an interesting concept that does make our community a better place and costs nothing. An example is letting…

Play it safe online 

This week was Neighbourhood Supports scam awareness week. Scam emails or phishing is a common problem and very tricky to police. Essentially most phishing is generated overseas and not subject to New Zealand law as…

BB guns: get rid of them  

Over the last few weeks I have noticed a worrying trend that I fear will grow during the school holidays. Youths have been congregating in public areas with cheap plastic BB pistols shooting each other,…

The value of patrols 

Last week I wrote about the partnership the police has with the Community Patrol. This week I would like to expand on that with a good work story. Last Thursday night our patrollers were patrolling…

Will you volunteer? 

Some of you may know that one of the many “hats” I wear within the police is the role of Police Liaison Officer to the Community Patrol. The Community patrol is an affiliate of Community…

Controlling the money

In my last column about Family Violence I am going to talk about economic abuse. Economic Abuse is simply where an abuser makes it almost impossible to leave by controlling the finances. Often this extends…

An abuser’s verbal weapons 

Continuing on about family harm, this week I am going to expand on minimising behaviour and the use of children as weapons. Minimising behaviour is when a partner will abuse the victim using the previously…

On the beat: When moving is controlling  

This week in my series on Domestic Violence I am going to touch on the use of isolation as a control in domestic violence. Isolating a victim from friends and family causes a reliance on…

On the beat: Outlining intimidation 

Continuing on in my discussion about family violence, this week I am going to expand on the use of intimidation to condition a victim to stay in a relationship. Threats can be physical or emotional….

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