This is revealed in a Newshub investigation following a request made by the news team under the Official Information Act.
Anyone who has watched the deterioration of the city centre over the last six years under Len Brown’s tenure as mayor of Auckland, aided and abetted by his ‘design champion’ Ludo Campbell-Reid and Auckland City Centre Councillor Mike Lee, will not be surprised by the horrendous statistics.
A Newshub investigation has revealed Auckland neighbourhoods dominate a leaderboard of the most violent city hot spots in the country.
Statistics New Zealand has mapped 2015 police crime data, released to Newshub under the Official Information Act, to show the areas with the highest number of assaults, sexual assaults and robberies in public places.
The crimes include anything from rape to being beaten up or being robbed of your cellphone at knife-point.
[The] investigation has revealed Auckland neighbourhoods dominate a leaderboard of the most violent city hot spots in the country. Auckland Central West has topped the list of the most violent city areas, with 550 assaults last year.
That’s a rate for these violent crimes more than six-and-a-half times the national average.
Three of the five most violent city areas (precincts where there are more than 3000 residents) are in Auckland's CBD.
Bordering the country’s number one precinct are two others in downtown Auckland. They’re known as Auckland Central East and Auckland Harbourside.
These areas include the former red light district (to the east of Queen St) which is now home to apartments, restaurants, bars, Vector Arena and Auckland University.
There were 375 robberies, assaults and sexual attacks in this area last year – more than five times the national average.
Harbourside includes the up-market retail and restaurant precinct known as Britomart, along with the bar and restaurant lined waterfront. Two hundred and fifty-three people were assaulted or robbed in this part of the CBD in 2015.
Once Len Brown and his team of planners decided to destroy all the excellent work done by Auckland City Council to bring the city centre back from the dead in the late nineties and the first decade of this century the writing was on the wall.
Under the excellent leadership of the fiscally prudent Mayor John Banks the centre of Auckland was revitalised and became a more pleasant and safer place to be. Since Brown and his mates decided to undo Banks good work, the area has been reverting to the bad old days. Businesses have shut up shop, organised begging syndicates have taken up residence, huge hikes in parking charges have made it unaffordable to bring a car into the centre. The area has been turned into a construction zone for years to come.
The Generation Zero planners who rule Auckland Council planning department, led by the ludicrous Campbell-Reid, have failed to heed the lessons of the past. They have foisted a ‘vision’ on Auckland city that is a recipe for violent crime to flourish, as many shopkeepers have been finding out to their cost. A sure sign that matters are getting out of hand are the pleas from business organisations for an increased police presence.
In an act of wanton vandalism Len, Ludo and Lee have combined to make Auckland, as one pundit described it, the world’s most leavable city. It is certainly the most violent.