Kawerau mayor wants unemployed banned
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 6:03p.m.
By Amanda Gillies
A small North Island town says unemployed people moving into the district are more trouble than they're worth.
The mayor of Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty says the recent arrival of five families from South Auckland has led to a rise in crime, so he's proposing a radical policy – if you don't have a job, don't move there.
Malcolm Campbell works two jobs in Kawerau. He's the mayor and the butcher. Working, he says, is the key to a happy, safe town.
“If you don't have a job and you live in South Auckland or wherever in New Zealand, then you should not be able to come to Kawerau unless you have an employment to bring here,” he says.
Mr Campbell says the five new families, with criminal backgrounds and 25 children between them, recently moved to town without jobs.
“They bring a lot of social issues with them. That's a real problem for us, just trying to alleviate some of the social issues that come with it.”
But how do you stop someone moving to your town?
“That's up to Social Welfare [Work and Income New Zealand] to implement as far as we are concerned.”
Seven thousand people live in Kawerau. When 3 News visited, it resembled a ghost town. We asked the few locals we saw what they thought of the mayor's policy.
One local 3 News spoke to says the policy is “just wrong”.
“Anyone should be welcome anywhere."
That’s not the case in Kawerau now. Just this week a beneficiary was caught thieving, and the mayor has some strong views on that as well.
“If somebody has committed a crime and they are on a benefit, then they should have their benefit cut immediately,” he says.
Mr Campbell says when the local Mongrel Mob won a million-dollar contract to build the power station, Kawerau was probably the safest town in the country. He says all the men were too busy working to cause trouble.
“Crime just went right out the door. In fact we nearly lost a couple of constables across the road here at our police station because there was just zero crime.”
Now he just has zero time for unemployed criminals heading to his town.
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18/12/2012 3:18:48 p.m.
This isnt benefit bashing though. Whats wrong with being concerned about the town hes running? Love is only a healer of the heart not the healer of a national financial crisis and i thought he was providing jobs to people in his community, he doesnt run the butchery by himself and obviously if you want work, get off your arse & go find it in a place where it exsists. I cant hold one man accountable for the lack of jobs. Get a clue!
15/11/2012 1:35:56 a.m.
Dale Herron wrote:
New Zealand is turning into a mini China.
9/11/2012 8:26:47 p.m.
Someone taking a stand for the good of the community. We should have more people like him in public office. Beneficiaries should not be entitled to move into an area where there are no jobs.
24/10/2012 7:30:32 p.m.
Wow. Just another day in NZ.
22/10/2012 3:27:08 p.m.
Let us hope the good people of Kawerau show the disdain this man deserves when the next call for mayor comes around. Utterly shameful to think this man holds public office. Do the decent thing Mr Campbell and resign.
10/10/2012 2:19:44 p.m.
He's right. Anyone care to argue the facts?
7/10/2012 1:01:23 p.m.
That's right...just violate a person's right to live where ever they like. Nek minnit they'll be a nationwide segregation of different people based on disposition: have unemployed living in that town, beneficiaries living in that town, politicians living in wellington, a#%holes living in this town and have the criminal aspect shipped offshore????? WTF It's obvious that Kawerau's mayor should either generate jobs for unemployed (starting with one of his two jobs), step down from the mayoral position or move to another location or provide a positive solution to the increase of crime. Crime is an unfortunate aspect that is alive and well in every community and something that has to be stamped out but not by violating a person's right to choose where to live.
1/10/2012 11:07:26 a.m.
mr mayor you are thinking with no heart you need jesus in your life .The maori people didn't tell your ancestors they couldn't come there . Stop beeing so naive. This is an oppurtunity to show love and kindness to your fellow man.
28/09/2012 3:55:40 p.m.
Perhaps Mr Malcolm could relinquish one of his jobs, since he has two, to an unemployed person.
28/09/2012 1:33:25 a.m.
Maybe Malcolm and his people move out of town..
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