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A former police officer believes a lack of action in reporting gang-related shootings may be an act of pragmatism.
There are concerns over a sense of apathy around shootings, after multiple people heard gunshots in Wairoa - but didn't report them to police.
Chester Borrows was chair of the Justice Advisory Group while an MP.
The former cop told Mike Hosking it's difficult to have a context around those things when you live in a small community.
He says a town like Wairoa has a seen a lot of gang shootings over recent years.