Kapiti Police, Council and other partner agencies will continue to take a collaborative and proactive approach to preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm and violent crime.
Kapiti Police are currently investigating the death of a 20 year old Paraparaumu man in the Kapiti Lights complex in the early hours of this morning.
Five weeks ago, a 17 year old Raumati male died in similar circumstances.
Kapiti Mana Area Commander Inspector John Price says the safety of the Kapiti community is a priority and Police will continue to focus on preventative activities, alongside our partner agencies and the community as a whole.
"These tragic deaths in the space of five weeks highlight the need to address some key drivers of crime, including alcohol, drugs and violence."
Inspector Price says Police recognise the family of this deceased young man are hurting deeply and this has now extended to the whole community.
Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan says, "This is an unbelievably tragic incident that affects not only the family of this young man but our entire community."
"We are New Zealand's only White Ribbon council and we work closely with agencies such as the Kapiti Safer Community Trust and Kapiti Youth Support (KYS). We will continue those efforts strenuously but today we focus on the senseless loss of another young man and the impact this has had on his family."
Inspector Price and Mayor Jenny Rowan say Kapiti is a strong community and they are both confident of finding solutions to prevent another tragedy such as this.
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