Community minded cops lighten the mood in Turangi

The cops in Turangi are really good with their community involvement sharing their weed with the community.

Grocery shoppers in Turangi on Friday could have been forgiven for thinking they were extras in a Cheech and Chong movie production.

Billowing clouds of marijuana-scented smoke were wafting across from the town’s police station, over the road and into the car park outside the New World supermarket.

Police bosses have apologised to the townsfolk for the accidental inundation of dope-laden vapours, which were emanating from a furnace at the police station where a recently-acquired haul of the illegal harvest was being incinerated.

However their fuming faux pas won’t be forgotten for a while, thanks to video footage shot by a bemused passer-by.

New Plymouth man Adam Green posted a video on Instagram and Facebook of the cannabis clouds drifting past him.   

“Man, does it smell like the old ganja over there,” he remarked. “Here comes a good cloud wafting past now. I might just stand here for a moment.”

News that the police had made a hash of the disposal operation quickly spread through social media.

Green’s post was quickly picked up by the Turangi Facebook page, with many chipping in with their own quips and observations.

“Couldn’t believe it when I walked right by the police station and into the heavy smoke with my three-year-old son,” Maria Borum commented. “Maybe that’s why he slept so well last night.”

Rangi Perewi said: “Someone should of rang the fire brigade and ambulance so all the services get a taste of Turangi hospitality.”

And Raewyn Eru suggested: “They could of advertised – Get stoned free in the car park.”

What top blokes. I imagine though they are feeling like a bunch of dopes, and everyone has found out after someone grassed on Facebook.

Just legalise it already.


– Fairfax

Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.