New Zealand a place where crime was rare, then it was only violent crime being rare, then only knife rare, then finally crime was as commonplace as anywhere else.
What happened, Neo-con’s took over and made poverty and unemployment an economic goal.
Then desperation and violence became the norm.
For reference Ashburton is 86 Km south of Christchurch (the lump on the right hand side of the south island) which had large earthquakes a few years ago.
Ashburton was also once home the the Minister of social welfare and later Prime Minister Jenny Shipley who played a decisive hand in cuts to welfare throughout the 1990’s.
Aramoana incident (mass shooting) occurred in the early 1990’s as the new wave of welfare cuts came in. This incident bore some similarities (13 dead) to the official narrative of the Port Arthur massacre, crazed white male loner with lots of guns and had a shooting spree.