Dumb breeds dumber; burglary rates take an immediate dive

The family of a recidivist burglar and drug offender can’t work out why he has died.

The family of an armed man shot and killed by police during a botched burglary at New Plymouth Golf Club are looking for answers, a spokesman says.

Adam Te Rata Charles Morehu, 33, had fired a shot and threatened to kill officers responding to alarms at the club early on Saturday.

An officer fired back, killing Morehu.

Family spokesman John Niwa said the family had lost a son, father, nephew, mokopuna and friend.

“We do not understand yet the circumstances by which Adam has lost his life. How and why this has happened,” Mr Niwa said.

Morehu had been a dedicated family man, who left behind a partner and two children under 10.

Police say Morehu had a history of drug and dishonesty offending.

Let’s help them out and complete the police enquiry right here, right now. 

He tried to burgle a golf club. Police responded.  Adam Morehu fired a gun at the police, and missed.  Police fired back and were better shots. Adam Morehu died from his wounds.

His family describe him as a “family man”.  I don’t know any family men who burgle and thieve other people’s property.  No-one who does that is a family man.  They are a selfish criminal.  In this case, a criminal prepared to take the lives of good, hard working policemen and women, by shooting at them. I don;t know any family men that shoot at Police either…people who shoot at Police are targets, not family men.

What is it with rural Taranaki?

Have they removed the fluoride from the water and replaced it with a dose of idiot juice?

First Steven Wallace, a couple of years ago another guy in a shootout with police – who lost too I might add.  Now this.

The lesson is simple: Don’t shoot at the police – you come off second best.

The only questions that should be asked of the cop is why he didn’t use the full clip?

 


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  • spollyike

    In Taranaki you have the rich greenies living down in Oakura (greens and loserbor voters), and the descendants of the Maori activists that started the land wars living in Waitara (Mana voters). The rest of rural Naki is hicksville but probably good source of National voters. New Plymouth is full of bogans and Andrew Little, so mainly loserbore territory even though most of them don’t vote which is why they have a National MP. So a pretty messed up place. No way would i go to Waitara at night time.

    • Mr_Blobby

      A bit of stereo typing there spolly. But what I will say is that Darwin always wins.

      One less economic drain on the Country and the average IQ has just gone up.

      • unsol

        There is a rather large gulf between a boy who claims he has a 6 bathroomed house & an AMG & Waitara night life…cant ever imagine the two would meet!

        • RightOfGenghis

          Love it, don’t forget the house also vacuums itself ;)

    • rockape

      Lets hope Mt Taranaki erupts soon. Would NZ be better or worse off?

    • Mediaan

      You are right about Waitara. Waitara, the Owae Marae, is where this (late) aggrieved criminal- history wrecker, police attacker and robber came from.

      Most of the time we polite law-abiding people mention only the good side of Owae Marae.

      Its fine carved meeting house. The links with Judge Sarah Reeves and former Anglican archbishop Paul Reeves. The fact that it has a marae-based courtroom on site (paying commercial rates for the space, though the marae is presumably council rates-free). The links with a summer music festival (paid for from elsewhere).

      We are so polite, we never mention the marae’s bad side.

      Such as, it is a breeding ground for angry young brimming with Maori grievances.

      The young of Owae Marae learn to hate the police and call them pigs from teachings about wrong done 150 years ago at Parihaka, which led to battle and unfair long imprisonment.

      Funny, they totally forget the Maniapoto attack on them in 1831, which was so bad, most Owae adults slaughtered, blood running everywhere, that Owae mothers are said to have flung small children off cliffs into the water below, hoping to give them a chance. Far worse than Parihaka.

      It is white settlers’ institutions, like police, that have ended those terrible inter-tribal massacres they used to suffer.

      Parihaka is a grievance, but not Maniapoto 1831? How does that work?

      The marae, served by tailored Maori schools, featured in international publicity, and site of a courtroom, which hosted Chris Finlayson and John Key in 2003 to sign treaty negotiation beginnings, in the spirit of a fresh start, somehow also produces a strong line of drug-using, thieving, wrecking aggressive, lawless criminals.

      This one had such a poor attitude to police, despite having a mum who worked 20 years at a high school, he shot at them. Sadly his mum died last month.

      (But when my mum died, I didn’t go out robbing, trashing, or shooting.)

      In April 2000 an earlier police casualty of the district, Steven Wallace, also came at police with a weapon. He evidently also had links with this marae.

      How much money have we pushed into these people?

      Wake up and turn off the money tap!

      • Patrick

        How different are these Marae based “education camps” to those Islamic radicals we see in Britain?

        • Mediaan

          Same conductors of the orchestra, seems to me. Oh, did I mention there are nearby oil and mineral-processing interests?

      • Dave

        Well said Mediaan I guess they teach dependancy and how to suck everything and more out of the taxpayer.

  • Phil

    “Family spokesman John Niwa said the family had lost a son, father, nephew, mokopuna and friend.”

    The tax payer has lost a bloodsucking good-for-nothing leech. I hope I’m not paying for his funeral.

    Oh and the Green led opposition have have lost a vote. Go the Police!

    • Mr_Blobby

      Send the cost of the bullet to the family.

    • flashman

      If they cared that much about him, maybe they should all have tried harder to stop him breaking the law. He’d be alive today. Harsh on them maybe – it was his choice in the end – but complaining after the event won’t bring him back.

    • Patrick

      Bet your ass ACC will be shelling out here, for the funeral, & ongoing payments such as widows benefit etc. There will be a massively expensive Police inquiry, a Coroners inquiry & the usual suspects Bradford & Minto will be out with megaphones claiming Police brutality etc etc. There is plenty of taxpayers money to be shelled out before this is finally put to bed.

      • Mr_Blobby

        Some one should tell WINZ so they can stop his benefit.

        • Ronnie Chow

          I like that one , Mr Blobby . Who does tell Winz . Surely not the Whanau . And that would be benefits,plural, no doubt .

  • Col

    Welcome to the real world, in the true world people who point guns at others get shoot and die, as in this case.
    If you watch TV they get shoot at and live, that is not the true world.

  • Donovan Jackson

    ‘I don’t know any family men who burgle and thieve other people’s property. No-one who does that is a family man.’

    Amen to that.

  • Ronnie Chow

    The Maori underclass is simply a very large criminal network .

    • Chris

      The Maori Way

      • Lion_ess

        His co-accused doesn’t look maori to me Chris, low scum white trash, pity the cops didn’t ping him too.

  • GregM

    Family men are at home with their families, not out nicking other peoples stuff and then attempting to murder police doing their job.
    Well done police, thank you.

    • unsol

      Completely agree. Good men don’t do bad stuff – theft, burglary, cheating etc ever. Period.

      Morehu fired a shot & he got shot. This is called cause & effect. Police are trained to shoot at the largest mass – i.e the chest & it seems they adhered to their training.

      In terms of the link between this guy & Wallace – no correlation other than that they were from the same area & both unfit to be part of society. The key difference being that Wallace was a loony armed with a golf club not a knife or a gun. So I am not sure he deserved to be shot 4 times seeing as the same training also teaches police how to handle an offender with golf club type weapons.

    • BJ

      Good family men show their children how to work to better themselves and live a good clean life not harming others.

  • jedmo

    Steven Wallace’s mother sounds to be reciting from same script as mother of the Boston mass killers – it’s a plot by the police, it’s a frame up etc

  • Mr_Blobby

    OK lets have at least three inquiries……..WTF.

    How about some common sense judgement.

    Offender onsite.

    Tries to evade Police.

    Is Armed.

    Fires at Police.

    Police fire back.

    Offender dead.

    Looks like self defense to me. Case closed.

    We should have a felony evasion law if you try to evade the police after committing an offense it is a minimum 2 year sentence on top of whatever else you get.

    Award commendations to the people who did their job. Protecting people and property.

    Now lets have a closer look at his background and family and what do you think we will find. A family man or a hardened criminal with multiple convictions and a close nit crime family with gang connections?

    Stupid question of the day.

    “We do not understand yet the circumstances by which Adam has lost his life. How and why this has happened,” Mr Niwa said. You could try and explain it to him but he either cant or wont understand. But how about some compensation and an apology. Yeah Right.

    • Donovan Jackson

      Gotta feel sorry for the cop who pulled the trigger. That bugger’s got a mountain of paperwork ahead of him….

      • Mr_Blobby

        Yes he will be pilloried and hung out to dry by the establishment, when he should be getting an award.

        The political wing of the gangs will already be lobbying for it.

  • Goldie

    “What is it with rural Taranaki? Have they removed the fluoride from the water and replaced it with a dose of idiot juice?”
    Inbreeding. Seriously – generations of northern Taranaki Maori mating with their sisters and their cuzzies. The result – insular communities with low levels of achievement, and high levels of crime, poverty and mental illness.

    Of course, liberals will blame colonisation and those evil pakeha oppressors…

  • Justsayn

    What happens when burglars shoot at cops? There is a hole in one, and the dog got the other. Par for the course I would think.

    • Donovan Jackson

      Appropriate use of a golfing term there, Justsayn.

    • I hope the dog chewed long and hard on him

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        I hope the funeral has an open casket so his chewed up visage can be displayed to all and sundry possibly working as a deterrent to anyone considering firing at the police again. Mind you, his ilk don’t grasp the notion of causality.

      • Dave

        obviously didnt chew long enough, he is still alive and walking.

  • rouppe

    Not to mention the “gentle giant” tag. What a load of nonsense.

    It is as you said. He was a thief. He got caught in the act. He decided to fire on Police and suffered the consequences.

    • Bad__Cat

      A gentle giant carrying a sawn off rifle. Yeah right!

  • The other Neil

    It was interesting that almost immediately after this ran on TV 1 was a report on a shooting in the USA. In the USA report there was no mention on the “victim” ie the crim, just shots of the guns etc. Why is it that in NZ the crims family get the airtime, not the Golf Club in this case who were the actual victim? Why are the Police presented as being bad (by omission), when they apparently shot a criminal?

  • GarethsPussy

    Shoots you, Sir.

  • out2lunch

    Morehu had a history of drug and burglary offences. According to the herald, he was also a childhood friend of Steven Wallace. I guess you could say the two were “as thick as thieves”. One less repeat offending criminal scumbag to worry about. There’s your report. Case closed.

  • Scott

    I wonder if the tax payer will have to stump up for his funeral costs? Maybe all the stolen/hard earned items at the family/state house could be sold to pay for that.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Maybe they should be given back to the rightful owners.

      • Scott

        Very good point

    • Ronnie Chow

      I wonder how many Civil Servants will attend the Tangi ?

  • Rangi

    Eat up little piggies – Whale is giving you plenty to gorge yourselves on…eat up…

    Not to defend him, but the process…
    Wasn’t he a suspect? Rather than an offender?
    Halatau Naitoko’s family would have the only valid position on arming the police, who lets face it, are only after your wallet through traffic & driving infringements.

    My inlaws got burgaled & all the police did was defer us to Chubb their private security firm & provide a case number for insurance purposes. No finger print taking, no investigation, not even a patronizing offer of counselling or visit to the house. Disgraceful & I have no reason to believe these circumstances have any better quality police work associated.

    It seems there’s alot of effort being put into the events after the fact, rather than preventing the fact. Everything we know about governance tells us this is a waste.

    • Justsayn

      You’re partly right Rangi.

      He was only a suspect in the burglary, but I reckon him pointing the gun at the cops and pulling the trigger makes him more than a suspect in attempted murder of a police officer.

      • Rangi

        And we know the police reports are accurate….how? Allow me to reserve my judgment till the investigation is complete. Its a shame Whale’s (& most others on his blog) thought processes haven’t evolved to that simple level yet.

        • Ronnie Chow

          New Zealand is so soft on crimes of violence , but still you find room to complain . You might want to go to Texas, where it’s legal to shoot someone who’s committing a “public nuisance” under the cover of dark.

    • blokeintakapuna

      You aim a loaded weapon at the police, shoot at them as you flee a burglary you’ve just committed… and expect to get away with it? Yeah Right!
      The only “investigation” should be why the Police didn’t use all their ammunition and how many Thousands to charge the Whanau for Police time and resources.
      The guys a recidivist criminal prepared & willing to attempt murdering a police officer. He got exactly what he deserved… and the Police officer should be congratulated and given an award for helping to keep scum like this off the streets.
      Inconvenient, but accountability and responsibility can’t be abdicated or broken when flirting with, or trying to break Murphy’s and Darwin’s law.

    • Shoreboy57

      As soon as he fired he was an offender. Had he not shot at the police he’d be enjoying a bail hearing as we speak. No doubt would have won that.

      • Rangi

        We have no evidence of either the shot being fired, or whether it was him, or whether a car backfired close by – nothing……yet.

        • Lion_ess

          Yep, probably a car backfiring at the same time Morehu was pointing his gun. Serendipity yes?

          • Rangi

            My point is, we don’t know & regardless of outcome, there are no winners, its just unfortunate that so many glue “success” to this awful story.

          • Lion_ess

            Interesting that the other offender has not sought bail.
            Bishell, 32, has been charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, being party to using a firearm against a police officer, and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.
            Bishell’s lawyer Paul Keegan said Bishell consented to being remanded in custody to reappear on June 26

          • Lion_ess

            In my view, there were winners. Police 0 / Crims -1.

          • Rangi

            So you don’t count Police who die on duty? Odd way of doing maths…

          • rockape

            Another thieving bludger of the face of the Earth. What was he going to contribute ,bringing up kids to a life of crime. A few more dozen people terrorised and robbed. Gone and good ridance.A win for the law abiding population.

          • Ronnie Chow

            Adam Te Rata Charles Morehu was a predator , Rangi . Armed and dangerous . He made his last stand . Is he a martyr to you ?

        • rockape

          OK rangi we know were you’r coming from . Brown guy shoots at the police. Police must be wrong. Now fuck off back up your tree and eat a banana.

          • Rangi

            Pfft – “RockApe” gives banana eating advice…awesome

          • rockape

            No, my advice was to fuck off, I gave no instructions on how to eat a banana!

          • Mr_Blobby

            Probably not a good idea to feed the troll and 2. A suggestion on where he can stick the banananananananana

          • Rangi

            You’ve proven yourself to be a racist prick! The obvious result is anything you say is, like you – a trashy waste using up oxygen of decent humans. If you can’t apologise to me, at least apologise to them.

          • Col

            No body wants a death, I only noticed this person was not white when you said the word Racist. I will shoot to kill, anyone who points a gun at me or has one in his position, and they threaten me, reason is I want to live another day. The game changes very quickly when a gun is involved, loaded or not.
            Hang in there, and lets hope it doesn’t take to long to get the facts.

          • Ronnie Chow

            “No body wants a death”

            Never a truer word spoken….

          • Bad__Cat

            No, Rangi, you’re the one who’s proved to be a racist prick.
            Every time you post on this blog, it’s to defend Maori and abuse non-Maori, no matter how ridiculous the situation.
            In my view, Maori = always right is as racist as Maori = always wrong.

          • rockape

            No Not racist. I just dont like stupidity. I get on well with my Maori friends, i wont apologize to you for your crass stupidity. Are you a maori? They are not stupid so my comment is not directed at them.

          • RightOfGenghis

            Can’t argue that Maori are overrepresented in the crime stats but I’m getting a little tired of all this trash talk. My daughter carries her whakapapa with pride and since she’s also a frontline cop she gets to be abused, spat on and even attacked with sharpened screwdrivers by the rich ethnic cocktail that make up south auckland’s finest

          • rockape

            I have a few Maori friends but anyone who supports this sort of criminal against police doing their duty is in need of a chill pill. They really want to look at the sort of society they are choosing. I for one dont want NZ to be another Somalia with warlords (gang members) running the show.

          • Rangi

            And what do your “Maori Friends” think of you telling them to climb a tree & eat a banana? – is this what you want Maori to cope with from their “friends”? how can you talk with them if this is what you are really thinking?
            You are either lying or full of shit, probably both. But at least we know anything you post is likely to be both too – Why am I not surprised?

          • rockape

            Never told my friends other than those in the RAF Regiment to climb a tree and eat a banana. I only told them to do that when they were be stupid or needed time out. Most of my Maori friends are not stupid and do not wear their Maoridom as a cloak to cover their inadequacies as you do.

          • kehua

            I hear you RoG, I have a daughter just like yours who dodges buckets of shit and piss helping dumb people from themselves, I guess the BOP is no different than Sth Auckland

          • RightOfGenghis

            Yep, stupidity is colour blind ;)

          • Dave

            Kehua & RoG Hat tip to your daughters and others who’s children and loved ones defend the peace and security, a brave and proud job. Cant be easy having someone on the front line!!

          • GregM

            Absolutely agree Dave, Police put up with unimaginable shit so the rest of us don’t have to. Respect.

        • Mr_Blobby

          At the end of the day
          You know and I know
          That the bottom line is…

          One less thieving scum bag.

          Job Done. Good work to all those involved.

        • Rodger T

          Maybe it was a car illegally backing out of a driveway backfiring that we can blame for the shooting?

          • Ronnie Chow

            Or the other Whanau practicing . Or Tame Iti for that matter .

        • When was the last time you heard a car backfire…I mean seriously? Are you for freakin’ real?

          • Rangi

            It was an example…, obviously.

          • Mr_Blobby

            Another rather sad inter-generational apologists like your mate Sharpless.

          • Rangi

            Nope – I couldn’t be happier – and yes there is alot to feel sorry for you about.

          • Ronnie Chow

            You wrote ” It seems there’s a lot of effort being put into the events after the fact, rather than preventing the fact. Everything we know about governance tells us this is a waste.”
            Just how , in your view , will you guide the Maori underclass away from lawbreaking ?

          • Rangi

            Is that my job? Or the Police? And if you treated any underclass, Maori or otherwise the same way ie, less like terrorists & more like “people” then you’ll likely see improvements, remember in all cases, the state needs to take the higher ground. Just look at you Asians & you’re kidnapping, slave trading & preschool sweat shop stuff seems to have slowed down a bit.

          • Ronnie Chow

            ” kidnapping, slave trading & preschool sweat shop stuff” sounds very Maori to me , or don’t you know the history of NZ’s noble savage ?
            The day that a cop lets an armed criminal get away on compassionate grounds is the day Rangi wins .

          • Dave

            Don’t think its the Day Rangi (tang) wins Ronnie! That day is when the cops protect him and his Whanau when he wants it, and lets his him and his extended Whanau off when he wants them to, ie, one law for us, one for them. He is consistent though, wants the same treatment for the treaty, and Maori versus all others in NZ, take take take I.. W..I

          • rockape

            No Rangi what you want is to have Maori treated as beggars. Stand with your hand out make enough noise and someone may drop a dollar. I and many Maori have higher aspirations for you. Get a job , contribute to society like the rest of us.

          • rockape

            You obviosly know nothing about weapons.

          • Sponge

            And at the same time as this moron points a gun at the police?

            I mean really.

        • Bad__Cat

          Stand up comic!

        • Dave

          That’s simple racist drivel from you Rangi. Anyone, any creed colour, pointing a gun at police deserves to be their target practice, its called Self Protection. I believe our police should always protect themselves first. Even if he didn’t fire, the rules are simple. Don’t point a gun or replica firearm at anyone, especially police.

          Also Rangi, mate, if this guy was a suspect, what the F….. was he doing at a Golf Club that had been burgled at some ungodly hour of the morning, with a FIREARM sure sounds like a guy who I would never invite to a family gathering.

    • Chris

      Rangi, Another Dumb Maori.

      • Don’t be a dick

      • RightOfGenghis

        insightful comment, well done. We don’t get many rocket scientists down this way

    • Dion

      I feel for the family and all that but the bottom line is he shouldn’t have been pointing a gun at the cops.

      • Dave

        Dion, I don’t feel for his family. They knew of his background, fair chance some of them knew he was off to do a “job” Maori have a proud “whanau” system, and by keeping everyone close, they should know what each other is up to, and step in to stop this sort of thing. Somewhere, someone knew what this guy was up to, and let it slide, they should shoulder part of the blame, instead of laying it at the feet of the police, I feel sorry for his kids, they didn’t get to chose their father.

        • Dion

          So, you’ve never had a family member go off the rails then?

          They could be a bunch of scumbags – but in my experience it pays to reserve judgement until you know the facts.

          • Dave

            Yes I have Dion, not with a firearm, but when we suspected what had happened, we discussed it with him, told him he needed to change, then called the police, many threats of etc, but police carted him away, and the net result was a changed life. I wont go into more detail except to say he knew the game was up, he had nowhere to run to.

      • Ronnie Chow

        I feel for the family and all that… Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

    • Dave

      Jees Rangi. I agree he was a suspect. Firstly, he was a suspect until he fled and crashed his motorbike, by running he defied a police order, he was WANTED. Secondly, by shooting at Police, he is as guilty as Fuck in the eyes of the Law and NZ. Its simple, no matter what race you are, shoot at police, almost guarantee they shoot back, and they are trained and skilled!!! This guy played a stupid game, he lost. And he had knowledge what happened to his mate years ago, he is only a fool. As to his family, in some ways I feel for them, in others. no I don’t. they knew he had a record, and that he shot at police, their loss, I hope they pay to bring the kids up.

    • Ronnie Chow

      Why DO Maori hate the Police ?

      • Yawkie

        Because they are taught to Ronnie. Mostly by daft leftie stirrers such as Minto.

  • steve and monique

    Hear he was a childhood mate of Stephen Wallace.Ironic, one was shot with a golf club,and the other was shot at a golf club. Well spent $1.00 on the police part

  • CheesyEarWax

    “We do not understand yet the circumstances by which Adam has lost his life. How and why this has happened,” Mr Niwa said.

    No need to wait for a full police report, just watch first 20 mins of any Dirty Harry movies.

  • williamabong

    Darwin would be impressed, more chlorine for the gene pool, good to see the police doing what the taxpayer pays them to do, next we’ll get some gallows built in the jails and the judiciary can start on the rest of them.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Survival tip for the terminally stupid!: DON’T shoot at the police!!!
    Simple enough, you would have thought.

  • rockape

    Morehu is the lowest form of life. A coward and a thief. Who carries a gun to rob a Golf club. Did he think he would have to defend himself against a little old lady out walking her dog. Throw is body no the tip along with the other waste he doesnt even disserve a funeral.

  • MarcWills

    Will the Police be charged green fees for playing a “round”? I say mount the cartridge case on an A-Hole-in-One trophy.

  • Harvey Wilson

    A cop said to me just the other day, “If you want to take on the cops do it with a 243 zeroed in for 200m, they don’t train for long distance stuff.”

  • Steve (North Shore)

    The Police don’t shoot at me, they never have and they never will.
    Why is that?

  • Jonathan Pull

    I see the wolves are sated now that blood has been spilled. Not surprised to see the word Maori used either.

    • Ronnie Chow

      Cancer is cancer , mate.

  • Chad Chambers

    Steven Wallace didn’t shoot at the police. Just saying.

    • Ronnie Chow

      Oh , you Outlaw lover , you……

      • Chad Chambers

        Not at all. Cam’s piece suggests that Steven Wallace shot at the police. He didn’t.

  • Tamaki

    Best wishes to the police officer. I hope that they are geting the support they ned. The whole country, except for the green party and Herald on Sunday Reporters are right behind you.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Wallace didn’t shoot, he swung a golf club at a cop and became a candidate for natural selection. Very simple.

  • Dave

    And now we hear Morehu had been tazered yet came through that to shoot at police, gentle giant indeed, which goes to prove Police were correct to shoot him, the Tazer failed, yet he continued and still went on to fire at police.

    With this in mind, I hope the Police officers get a medal for bravery, must have been terrible for them, facing a giant hulk, a drug crazed career criminal, intent on killing them just to escape.

    I would really like his family to stop the faux shock and outrage, apologize to the police, the officers concerned, the golf club he broke into and use this as a lesson to other lawless thugs in the community – put the weapons down, stop robbing and thieving……….

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