Community discuss crime, violence

Last updated 05:00 01/07/2014

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Community leaders will come together on Thursday to discuss a spate of violent crime in the Waitakere area.

Waitakere Ethnic Board is holding a public forum looking at the issue of crime and lawlessness in West Auckland. This comes after a string of violence over the past month which has resulted in a community reeling after four homicides.

Farhat Rana Malik and her daughter Sidra Malik were stabbed to death in Ranui on May 19.

Fellow Ranui resident Josh Roach died after he was shot two days later outside his home and Railside dairy owner Arun Kumar was stabbed to death at his dairy on June 10 after a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old attempted to rob him.

A range of public speakers will address attendees including deputy mayor Penny Hulse, senior sergeant Matt Srhoj and Waitakere MP Paula Bennett.

The board says the forum will aim to get answers to the issue of violent crime including looking at a loss of co-operation between police and security guards and tackling truancy.

"We recall the vision of Bob Harvey, former mayor of former Waitakere City Council, in trying to tackle this problem by empowering communities and forging working and supportive partnerships with community groups to promote better governance of the city."

The board is concerned safety initiatives have become a casualty of the super-city.

The forum will be held from 6pm till 8.30pm on Thursday at West Wave Pool & Leisure Centre (Room 10), 20 Alderman Drive, Henderson.

Email contact@waitakere ethnicboard.org.nz or phone 836 0169 to RSVP for catering as seating is limited.

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