The Spring Hill riot

June 3rd, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A group of Spring Hill prisoners narrowly escaped being burnt to death after a burning roof caved in, just as prison officers herded them to safety.

The Waikato Times understands many of the 29 prisoners involved in Saturday’s riot at the prison’s high security wing were lucky to escape with their lives.

More than 115 prisoners have been relocated to other North Island prisons, including the 29 involved in the riot.

If those who nearly burned to death were those doing the rioting, it may have been Darwin’s Law in operation.

Would it not be sensible to split up those involved in the riot? Generally they like to have you near your family for rehabilitation reasons, but I think when you instigate riots, then there is a good case for moving some of them to say Dunedin and Christchurch prisons.

Cleaning products were used to light fires while sports equipment was broken down and used as weapons by raging prisoners – understood to be gang members.

The end result may be other prisoners lose access to sports equipment.

She confirmed those involved in starting the riots were gang members.

“There are significant numbers of one particular gang at Spring Hill, which is the Killer Beez”.

Prison staff had no indication trouble was brewing before Saturday’s riot.

How can this be? The Greens say it was because of the two year old smoking ban and the three year old double bunking policy? Nothing to do with being gang members I am sure.

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24 Responses to “The Spring Hill riot”

  1. JeffW (327 comments) says:

    “If those who nearly burned to death were those doing the rioting, it may have been Darwin’s Law in operation.”

    Actually, it was Government action, once again, intervening to stop Darwin’s Laws coming into operation.

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  2. scrubone (3,104 comments) says:

    I know someone who worked in a prison, and that person laughed at the idea that double bunking was causing problems – it was actually the complete opposite, the prisoners appreciated having someone to talk to after lock-down.

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  3. duggledog (1,582 comments) says:

    Cue predictable yawn fest from our favourite QC, John Pratt and Kim Workman in the next few days

    If the prison system was called the Department of Punishment instead of the laughable Department of Corrections we might be able to get somewhere with these baboons.

    Send them to a Japanese prison. Or Lion Kop in SA. Unlikely to reoffend

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  4. F E Smith (3,307 comments) says:

    a good case for moving some of them to say Dunedin and Christchurch prisons.

    One of the reasons for Christchurch having a bigger crime problem than it should for its size is because of criminal families moving south to be near imprisoned family members.

    Can I suggest that instead they be kept in the north and their families encouraged to head up to be near them?

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  5. Ryan Sproull (7,259 comments) says:

    Wait. The Killer Beez is a real gang? I thought it was invented by Shortland Street writers so they could have a “kids join a gang” storyline.

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  6. Longknives (4,858 comments) says:

    ” just as prison officers herded them to safety…”

    Why God Why???

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  7. Odakyu-sen (732 comments) says:

    A link to the US Embassy (Tokyo) page about Fuchu Prison (the largest in Japan) http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-7110g.html

    “Human rights” is a Western construct.

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  8. Viking2 (11,553 comments) says:

    F E Smith (2,560) Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    a good case for moving some of them to say Dunedin and Christchurch prisons.

    One of the reasons for Christchurch having a bigger crime problem than it should for its size is because of criminal families moving south to be near imprisoned family members.

    Can I suggest that instead they be kept in the north and their families encouraged to head up to be near them?
    ===========================

    You South Island beneficiaries should complain. Try living in a small place like Turangi with lots of empty houses owned by the Govt. The families move there and generally create mayhem among a population of a feww hundred.

    Any way CHCH is the village of the dammed so a good place to send them all.
    :lol:

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  9. Viking2 (11,553 comments) says:

    I was waiting and waiting for the real excitement. There was a no fly ban put up pronto so was expecting our elite squad of anti terriorist agents to be flown in by armed helicopter and dropped onto the lawns, guns ablazing to arrest real crminals.
    But, am so dissapointed.

    That’s their third strike.
    1. Ruatoria (which we all know about. Where a bunch of stupid people played mind games and childrens prattle on them)
    2. Kim Dot com, who isn’t even a criminal in our country
    3. Spring hill where they failed to even show.

    So given the three which would we expect the tough guys to front up for?

    Spring Hill spring to mind?

    Oh but they are bad bastards and gang members, they are affiliates of our club, they keep us and barristers in taxpayers money.

    Its just so easy to be cynical ain’t it. 8O

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  10. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    If I ran corrections I’d dig a series of large deep pits out the back of Waiouru say, surrounded by lethal electric fences.

    We could have a Mongrel pit, a Black Power pit, a Boy Racer (with unpaid fines) pit, even a greedy Lawyers and Accountants pit :) and whatever other pits we required to segregate the retards.

    We could chuck them some corrugated iron, plywood and canvas to give shelter from the weather…. unless they burnt it of course in which case exposure would help with the corrections budget. :)

    A sack or two of rice and porridge once a week.

    Sentences would be very short for most as they would become fast learners and recidivist offenders would be almost zero!

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  11. Honeybadger (226 comments) says:

    Johnboy, I like it!

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  12. Manolo (14,030 comments) says:

    I suggest giving the gangsters sharp knives and daggers and letting them have a go at each other.
    The country does not need these savages.

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  13. WineOh (630 comments) says:

    How to solve prison over-crowding issues, re-offending rates, and low turnouts to Rugby Super-15 matches. All with one easy (and cheap!) idea:

    Gladiator combat to the death at half-time in the Caketin. Problem solved!!

    Make it like ‘The Running Man’ where if you win 5 matches you win your freedom.

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  14. dime (10,095 comments) says:

    The killer bees? Weren’t they a crappy wwf tag team?

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  15. MT_Tinman (3,250 comments) says:

    Viking2 (9,527) Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Any way CHCH is the village of the dammed

    Obviously your hearing and comprehension is on a par with your intelligence, spelling and attention span.

    For your enlightenment the full correct and honest phrase is “Christchurch is the village of the damned good looking

    :-)

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  16. Viking2 (11,553 comments) says:

    For your enlightenment the full correct and honest phrase is “Christchurch is the village of the damned good looking”

    Oh Dear.
    Well my mistake then, but I guess even a camel looks good to another camel. :lol:

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  17. MT_Tinman (3,250 comments) says:

    Viking, I can only bow to your personal experience on that one. ;-)

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  18. Viking2 (11,553 comments) says:

    An observation on my part that only a Cantabrian can confirm. Perhaps you could ask johnboy. he is much more tuned into assessing the looks of other species with his speciality being you’se.

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  19. jakejakejake (138 comments) says:

    Split them up. Isolate ring leaders and give them electro-shock therapy via head, balls and bell end.

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  20. Paulus (2,658 comments) says:

    Surely Spring Hill was sighted there so that families and whanau could get there easily , so that visiting was easier from South Auckland and the Waikato where many of the prisoner came from.

    Wanganui was a great little town until they upgraded the prison then every ratbag family from moved there to be close.

    Upgrade some of the more uncomfortable prisons down south and split them up – sod the whanau.

    The complaint is that they do not get enough free time outside.

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  21. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    FIRE CONTROL DOOR

    In the event of a fire,
    This door will automatically close
    and lock.

    SUCKS TO BE YOU :-P

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  22. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    The killer bees? Weren’t they a crappy wwf tag team?

    The killer beez are real gangsters, dude…

    When Ross Kemp did his series on gangs around the world, apparently he came to NZ to interview the Killer Bees because they heard the Killer Bees were a serious, dangerous drug dealing street gang.

    The interview and footage they got were such a joke, they decided not to bother making a New Zealand episode…

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  23. jakejakejake (138 comments) says:

    @RRM They did make a NZ episode. It was about the Mongrel Mob. It was like watching a group of baboons eating their own faeces.

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  24. Dirty Rat (383 comments) says:

    What we need is for prisons to go private

    What we need is for every guard to have machine guns and mow everyone down.

    What we need is to throw Kim Dot Com to them, let them tear them him up.

    What we need is a hero like Cameron Slater to walk in and take control

    What we need is to turn Springhill into a Russian type prison.

    What we need is ………

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