Tauranga bus stops: rise in bad behaviour reports

SunLive has received umerous reports of harmful behavior at the Willow St bus terminal. Photo: Bob Tulloch/SunLive.

An increased number of reports of poor behavior at Tauranga CBD’s Willow St bus terminal has led SunLive to investigate the claims.

One caller, who chose to remain anonymous, reported that a group of young people who look to be around 12 to 15 years old, are repeat offenders of threatening behaviour and vandalism.

“There have quite a few instances in recent times, especially over the Easter weekend,” says the caller.

“One thing they do is open the bus door and try to distract the driver, and another one will run inside and wreck the seats, and do graffiti inside of the bus.”

“I reckon it’s been about $3000 worth of damage.”

The caller mentioned that the public toilets near the terminal have also been damaged by the group.

“They rip the toilet roll-holders and vandalise that place too.”

The caller expressed that locals have tried to do the best they can to stop the group, however there is not much that can be done. “When we call Police it is sometimes too late. The security outside the bus stops are also not allowed to touch them as they are minors.”

Another Willow St bus terminal user has also expressed his frustration. “There’s been multiple instances.”

“One time, kids were vandalising the back seats [in the bus], ripped off some plastic and threw it at another passenger.”

“Someone asked: ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ And they became aggressive with them and the bus driver,” says the other bus user.

“At some point people are just going to give up and go back to their cars to be honest.”

“It’s not a good look for bus users, or people visiting. To attract people out of their cars and into buses, the council needs to come up with a solution.”

The Weekend Sun approached both Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga City Council for comment. Both referred The Weekend Sun to Police without providing a statement.

Western Bay of Plenty Police area commander Inspector Clifford Paxton says the issues are ongoing.

“Tauranga Police are aware of ongoing issues involving anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of Willow St.”

Inspector Clifford Paxton. Photo: Grant Dally.

“While there is no one particular group responsible, for a large part those involved currently are predominantly young people.

“Police continue working with our partner agencies, including the Tauranga City Council and others, to ensure the area remains accessible and safe for the community.”

Clifford says during the weekend, police took enforcement action against those acting in a disorderly manner in the area, “youth tagging and those providing alcohol to young persons”.

“A number of people were issued with infringement notices for breaching the liquor ban in the area.”

“We also strongly encourage anyone who is aware of potential issues or offending to report them to Police so we can identify those involved and take the necessary action.

“If an incident is happening now, please call Police on 111. If it has already happened, please report the matter to Police via 105.”

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Come on

Posted on 30-04-2022 15:27 | By Slim Shady

Maybe our unelected glorious leaders should spray the ferals (to quote a Labour Minister referring to protestors) with water, and play loud music to them 24/7. Oh no, sorry, these are proper scumbags so we must give them money and a cuddle. Save the torture tactics and Police brutality for hard working people who refuse a useless jab and have the temerity to protest at being treated like dog dirt. Joke Police State.

Police State

Posted on 30-04-2022 13:00 | By Slim Shady

If some hard working people camped outside Council premises to protest at the removal of democracy and the reckless wasteful spending, they would be beaten, sprayed with tear gas and moved on by the riot squad. No shortage of Police when it comes to challenging authority. But ram raids, robbing and threatening people and not a cop in sight.

And There It Is

Posted on 29-04-2022 18:52 | By Yadick

. . . not allowed to touch them as they are minors.” And they know full well that they’re going to get away with it. So what are we expected to do, wait until they’re 18yrs and totally out of control. Slim Shady posts the perfect comment.

No deterrent....

Posted on 29-04-2022 13:20 | By laugeo

in place means that these youngsters do what they like. My wife and I walked through there in the early evening recently. There were the usual 3 or 4 ’security’ people in attendance, 2 of which were reclined on a bench seat eating pies when I pointed out to them that a group of youths were in the entrance to the old council building and were actively tagging the walls, in plain sight. The response? "yeah but it doesn’t matter coz they’re going to be demolished at some point anyway". At this point, you realise what a waste of time and money the ’security’ is and you also know why the kids are doing whatever they like. Anyone taken a walk recently, under the Sebel Hotel towards the harbour bridge? It is a disgrace and a complete eyesore. Tauranga becomes more lawless by the day.

Told you

Posted on 29-04-2022 12:25 | By Slim Shady

The left wing namby pamby brigade have given them the green light. In fact, the yobs are the only ones on green. Everyone else on orange.


Posted on 29-04-2022 12:04 | By Let's get real

How many bus drivers have been assaulted now. I know that assaults on drivers have been happening at the Library bus terminus for many years and are not widely reported, presumably because of council policy. But it’s a secret that needs to be exposed and reported on.

Can anyone describe them

Posted on 29-04-2022 11:12 | By Womby

I am thinking of going down there to see for myself

Entirely predictable

Posted on 29-04-2022 10:17 | By jed

Youth crime will continue to get worse until the growth in gangs and crime is addressed. Why attend school or work for minimum wage when gangs are offering Harleys. You can bet these kids are involved with gang members.

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