Paula Bennett is leaving dairy owners to face crime alone

“Promoted” away from Social Housing, Bennett’s abilities to do nothing haven’t reduced in power

“Last weekend hundreds of migrant shopkeepers marched in Manukau protesting against government inaction and calling for Ms Bennett to wake up.

“She’s taken no notice.

“Since the protest march on Sunday we’ve learned Hawkes Bay stores are being robbed for tobacco every three days.

“On Tuesday, two shops in Palmerston, Otago, were robbed and $40,000 of cigarettes and cash stolen.

“This epidemic of crime has been going on for months.

“In Christchurch, an Indian couple were robbed the first day they took over ownership of their Woolston store last September and have been robbed almost every month since.

“National has driven down police resources for years and Ms Bennett’s argument that the government will provide extra police carries no substance since it will take four years for them to be phased in.

“These shopkeepers can’t wait that long.

“But they can be assured help is on the way – and it will come from New Zealand First.

Once again, of all the parties out there, only NZ First is proposing more police and being tougher on criminals.

Just exactly how did we get to a point where we have major parties ignoring deteriorating crime stats?  Sure, they have (clears throat) announced more police, but in the meantime, we have to question if we want to live in a New Zealand where businesses need to hire private police in the form of security guards simply because police aren’t able to provide a basic safe society.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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