Shopkeepers cleaning up after spate of ram-raids left waiting for targeted funding from Government

A spate of ram-raids across Tāmaki Makaurau continued overnight. Newshub knows of at least two businesses that were hit.

As those shop owners spent Sunday morning cleaning up, the Government spent it making announcements.

But anyone hoping for targeted funding to fight ram raids has been told to wait a little longer.

Another day, another ram raid. This time the target was the till, but when they have no success there the only thing the two thieves grabbed were a couple of bags of lollies.

"It will cost us thousands of dollars, as you can see the doors are totally broken," said Season's Mart manager Yad Singh.

For the last few weeks, night after night Newshub has brought you the stories of businesses frightened and facing ruin because of ram raids.

"It's terrifying. It's really sad to see these things happening in your business," Singh told Newshub.

The Government made a $562 million law and order pre-Budget announcement on Sunday morning but there was no specific funding for ram raids.

"The Ministers and I are working on some measures currently, to do with ram raids. We've got a little bit more work to do," said Police Minister Poto Williams.

"This is a spike, not a trend. In terms of youth offending it's actually decreased over the last few years," added Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis.

A recent report found in the 10 years to 2021, youth offending has fallen by 63 percent. But recent data also shows there were 30 percent more dairy and convenience store thefts last year, compared with 2020. 

"That's why we're acting so quickly to ensure we can work with business owners to deal with the issue," Williams said.

More bollards are likely to be one suggestion. But as a Caltex in Mangere found out overnight, they aren't necessarily the solution.

Ministers will be meeting on Monday to discuss the issue and say they want to hear from small businesses.

Businesses that tonight are still being left to pick up the pieces on their own.