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NCC, police and wardens concerned for popular reserve

Community leaders and Police  concerned about negative behaviour at reserve. Bad behaviour at the recently upgraded Oldham Avenue Reserve is disappointing, says Napier City Councillor Maxine Boag.

The Council recently installed a picnic table and basket swing to enhance the play area and complement the nearby shops. However, concern has been growing over abuse around the facilities by some members of the community. This includes the use of foul language, bullying and the general nuisance by some members of the community to others around them.

“We don’t want to have to remove the equipment (swing) as it is being well used but we are concerned about the way that people are treating one another. It should be a safe place for everyone to enjoy,” said Maxine.

The Council does not condone this sort of behaviour and has been working closely with Community Patrols, Police and the Mataruahou Māori Wardens to increase patrolling in the area. Despite these efforts, Council feel that the neighbours and local community can also help take care of the new assets and improve this negative behaviour.

Hawke’s Bay Police and the Mataruahau Māori Wardens support keeping the facilities but agree that if it cannot be looked after it will have to go.

12 October 2015

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