Behaving badly: From left, Napier City Councillor Maxine Boag, Community Constable Shane Gibson and Mataruahou Māori Warden Lee Te Kahika at Oldham Ave Reserve in Onekawa, which has become a troublespot for bad behaviour. Photo: supplied.
Bad behaviour by people using the upgraded Oldham Avenue Reserve in Onekawa could result in the facilities being taken away, Napier City Council has warned.
Napier city councillor Maxine Boag said the instances of foul language and bullying was “disappointing”, and while Hawke’s Bay Police and the Mataruahau Māori Wardens support keeping the facilities, they agree “that if it cannot be looked after, it will have to go.”
The council recently installed a picnic table and basket swing to enhance the play area and complement the nearby shops.
However, concern has been growing over abuse around the facilities by some members of the community.
Thisincluded the use of foul language, bullying and the general nuisance by some members of the community to others around them, council said.
“We don’t want to have to remove the equipment (swing) as it is being well used but we are concerned about the way that people are treating one another. It should be a safe place for everyone to enjoy,” said Cr Boag.
Council said it did not condone this sort of behaviour and has been working closely with Community Patrols, Police and the Mataruahou Māori Wardens to increase patrolling in the area.
Despite these efforts, council said it felt that neighbours and the local community could also “help to take care of the new assets and improve this negative
Police and the Mataruahau Māori Wardens support keeping the facilities but agree that if it cannot be looked after it will have to go.