Hurricane offers help to end Kapiti violence
Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles is stepping up to help combat the spate of alcohol-fuelled violence that has claimed the lives of two young men in Paraparaumu.
Sean Strongman-Lintern, 20, was fatally stabbed on Saturday, five weeks after his friend, Izak Millanta, 17, was fatally beaten in the same spot in Kapiti Lights car park.
Coles, brought up in Paraparaumu, and the Wellington Rugby Union have offered do what they can to help stop the violence.
"It is sad times on the coast," Coles said. "I am a Pram boy to the bone, so I am putting my hand up to help out."
He hoped to go to colleges to "send out the message that the violence that is happening is not the way to go, and is causing a lot of tragedy on the coast".
He remembered boozy nights in Paraparaumu, and had seen plenty of fights, but "we never had a fight to kill someone".
"Now it is has escalated. If they have a scrap, they really want to hurt someone. They seem to think drinking and abuse and violence is the way, but it is not."
Former race relations conciliator Gregory Fortuin and motivational speaker Billy Graham have also offered to help Kapiti Coast District Council address the problems around Kapiti Lights.
A meeting between police and councillors yesterday included discussions on a range of options, including a formal ban on drinking in the public area around the car park and bars, better lighting, and increased CCTV surveillance.
Kapiti Mana area commander Inspector John Price said police resources around Kapiti Lights were bolstered after Mr Millanta died.
The Dominion Post