Shop owners in South Auckland say a group of disruptive youths are affecting their businesses.
The youths, aged between six and 15, have allegedly been terrorising customers, store owners, and the elderly by swearing and spitting at them, climbing on top of bus stops and kicking cars in a car park.
Linda Taungahihifo, owner of Siofia Hair Design in Old Papatoetoe, says: “They’re very rude to everyone. Most of my clients are elderly and they don’t want to come to the shops because of them.”
Papatoetoe town centre ambassadors Eliopa Latu and Katie Cowley have been notified and have dealt with the group on several occasions.
“They beg for money and when they don’t get the money they harass and verbally abuse people,” Cowley said.
Police regard Old Papatoetoe as “not a high risk area” and say they are not aware of any major problems as there have been no call-outs until recently.