A large gathering of alcohol-guzzling youths doing burnouts under the instruction of a woman with a loudspeaker is the latest in boy racer activity riling Ohoka residents.
Residents in the North Canterbury settlement say “pack-mob behaviour” is intimidating and keeping locals awake at night, and the rural roads are being left covered in rubbish and discarded tyres and rims.
A passing motorist called police and videoed crowds of people drinking and casually walking on the 100kmh Tram and Jacksons roads intersection on Saturday, doing burnouts and obscuring the area in clouds of tyre smoke.
Sergeant Greg Hume encouraged witnesses to lay police complaints so police could carry out search warrants to impound vehicles. Police planned to look into the issue in the North Canterbury area, he said.
From columnist Mike Yardley: Understandably, bank branch closures are one of the biggest casualties of the digital age. Ongoing rationalisation of bricks and mortar branches is inevitable, but it’s debatable whether retail banks have struck the right balance between expediting the digital drive, and sustaining solid customer service.
Do they really give full consideration to the adverse impacts on communities from branch closures, the reputational damage from obliterating their physical presence, or their wider obligations as good corporate citizens?
Read Mike's full column here.
They had a vision for their property, but they also had three floods in 20 years. That didn't stop them pursuing the garden of their dreams though.