Boy threatened with gun
A BOY ran eight city blocks to the Gisborne police station yesterday to get help after he was allegedly threatened with a firearm as he walked along the footpath.

The 13-year-old rushed into the station at about 5pm to report the incident, which happened near the Palmerston Road-Disraeli Street corner.

Police immediately sent armed officers to the scene and mobilised the Armed Offenders Squad.

“We set up a cordon around the block Palmerston Road-Disraeli Street-Aberdeen Road and Carnarvon Street,” Sergeant Steve Sutherland said.

“Armed officers began a search of the area to locate the man with the firearm.”

An 18-year-old man was arrested at a house near where the incident occurred.

“The weapon involved turned out to be an air rifle, which was found in the loungeroom of the house where the youth was taken into custody by AOS staff,” Sgt Sutherland said.

“The 13-year-old told us he was walking along the footpath in Palmerston Road when he noticed a couple outside a house near the Disraeli Street corner.

“As he walked past he said he glanced at them. It’s alleged that moments later the man accosted him and pointed a gun at him.

“The boy backed off straight away and ran to the police station,” Sgt Sutherland said.

“He was shaken up by what had happened.”

Sgt Sutherland said the boy did the right thing in reporting the incident straight away to police.

“The arrest was made fairly soon after the AOS arrived at the scene but we kept the cordon in place, and armed staff on the street, for some time afterwards.

“This was during the search of the house and to ensure the scene was safe.”

Three women at the house have been helping police with their inquiries.

The arrested man was interviewed last night and charged with unlawful possession of an air gun and presenting an airgun at a person.

Police expect the man will make an initial appearance in Gisborne District Court today.

The man remained in custody overnight.

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National HomeStart grants of up to $20,000 for couples to add to KiwiSaver savings used for a deposit on a new home. Special Housing Areas to fast track consenting process. Legislation to curb development contributions levied by councils on developments. Inquiry into building products supplier practices. RMA reform. Labour The KiwiBuild government-run $1.5 billion scheme to build 100,000 affordable new homes mostly in Auckland and Christchurch initially.A capital gains tax and controls on foreign investment in residential real estate to curb speculation. Force local authorities to ensure the release of new land for building with a national policy statement under theRMA. Greens A rent-to-buy scheme for families with children. Limits on house ownership by foreign non-residents. A capital gains tax excluding the family home and support for Labour’s KiwiBuild. NZ First Establish a new state agency to buy and sell land for residential developments. A 2% interest rate for five years for buyers of those sections but with houses built using normal bank finance. Restrict home ownership to "New Zealanders"only. Maori Party Kainga Whenua loan scheme providing 100% loans up to $200,000 to build, maintain and repair homes onmultipleownedMaori land. Available only to those people who have no other access to finance to build, relocate to or buy on their multiple-ownedMaori land. Internet-Mana Low-interest, no-deposit Maori Home Ownership Scheme for Maori first home buyers. Kiwibank Home Ownership Scheme with low-interest loans for specified low-and middle income individuals and families. Build 10,000 new state homes per year for rent and rent-to-own. Act Remove regulatory constraints on the supply of land for building by scrappingtheRMA.Amend the Bill of Rights to protect the right to own and use property as the owner sees fit to get rid of planning restrictions. United Future Allow families to capitalise their Working For Families entitlements for a year as a lump sum to help purchase their first home.Work in partnership with iwi to develop former Crown land for housing. Conservatives Tell owners of large "land banked" holdings to build homes within five years or face the government intervention. Allow higher-density housing.