Police officers had rocks and bottles thrown at them after a
group of about 40 youths gathered in Tikipunga, Northland, to
Whangarei police Sergeant Paul Nicholas said officers were
alerted to the group of young people on Denby Cres outside
the Denby Golf Club about 3.30pm on Sunday.
Mr Nicholas said it appeared the group was getting ready to
have a fight. When police arrived the group started throwing
rocks and bottles at police.
About six police officers called to the street got the crowd
under control and arrested two people. Two men, aged 17 and
19 years, were taken to the station and given written
warnings for disorderly behaviour.
Whangarei police spokeswoman Sarah Kennett said when officers
turned up to disperse the crowd some of them took exception
and threw rocks and bottle.
No officers were struck by the missiles.
"It was only a couple of young people that decided to throw
bottles and rocks. The police were not pelted by the group,"
Mrs Kennett said.
"It wasn't a major disorder situation at the end of the day."
She believed that the group had gathered as a result of text
messages, twitter and Facebook but could not confirm if that
was actually how the crowd had gathered.