The relationship between crime and poverty is certainly worth attention but so is having a good look at which people or groups are actually behaving criminally. Rather than simply smearing every low income family as the source of all criminality.
One thing that I have learnt about Sth Auckland is that most of the high profile crime is committed by people, families or gangs already known to the police.
The Bottle shop shooting is an example of this, the only reason that charges were laid so quickly was that the accused were well known and easily identifiable to the police.
Secondly the media continually paints Sth Auckland in the negative when it comes to crime, the bottle shop shooting is a good example of this I think, as only a few weeks before a similar incident occurred at a Three-Kings bottle shop in central Auckland. The bottle shop owners face and neck was bludgeoned with a broken bottle during a robbery and is lucky to have escaped fatal injury.
That story received very little attention from the media, it made the news briefly and was forgotten.
There was no "in depth look into the area", no interviews with locals to source their opinion on the event or the prevalence of bottle stores in the area - which happens to be 4 or 5 within 2 square kilometres. (sigh)
If you take the time to look at police statistics www.police.govt.nz/service/statistics
you will see that while there are differences between Auckland City and Manukau the gap is relatively small.
Comparably in 2007 - Auckland City (pop. 415000) had 57,000 reported crimes; Counties-Manukau (pop. 483000) had 51,000.