Christopher Luxon calls wraparound services 'kumbaya', 'mush' as he doubles down on tough-on-crime tactics

The National Party is doubling down on its tough-on-crime tactics, by referring to wraparound services as "kumbaya" and "mush".

Party leader Christopher Luxon made the comments while addressing how to deal with the country's ram-raid problem.

Earlier this week, he reintroduced National's military boot camp policy for misbehaving youths, switching the focus away from wraparound services.

"We can't just have kumbaya and a lot of mush and no action and no improved outcomes. We have to have consequences alongside it," Luxon said on Sunday.

The Dairy and Business Association is on board with the idea.

"I see the value," said chairperson Sunny Kaushal. "The offenders must know that they'll be caught and there'll be consequences."

The Government said its policies are working. In a statement, Police Minister Chris Hipkins said the Better Pathways package has put around half of the most serious and repeat offenders back in education and almost a third have not re-offended. 

It's also rolled out ram-raid support by offering small businesses protection, like the installation of bollards. 

But National disagrees with the approach.

"All it's doing is putting a band-aid on it, by us having to fortify and making our shops more like we're in the centre of Baghdad," said National's police spokesperson Mark Mitchell.

Ram raids are a familiar sight for Glengarry Wines - their stores have been targeted by ram-raiders not just once, but 42 times.

"We've got barrels filled with sand, we've got security grills, there's cameras. Everything we've been advised to do, we've done, but it's still happening," said Liz Wheadon, general manager of Glengarry Wines.

It's cost the company a whopping quarter of a million dollars in damage and repairs. 

"The actual cost is one thing, but it's the emotional cost and the toll that it's putting on the staff."

But Wheadon said Glengarry Wines doesn't want policies or promises.  

"It's not going to take one side of the Government, or the other side of the Government, it's going to take the community, the council, the Police, every single part of society to come together to tackle this," she said.

So ram-raids become a thing of the past.