On the 7th of May 2009, Senior Constables Len Snee, Grant Diver and Bruce Miller arrived at 41 Chaucer Rd in Napier to serve a search warrant on Jan Molenaar for the growing of cannabis. ...
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On the 7th of May 2009, Senior Constables Len Snee, Grant Diver and Bruce Miller arrived at 41 Chaucer Rd in Napier to serve a search warrant on Jan Molenaar for the growing of cannabis. This was just a routine warrant, something they had done countless times. What was meant to be an ordinary procedure turned into three of New Zealand's darkest days and ended with one police officer dead, two officers critically injured and a member of the public fighting for his life. In some fifty hours Jan Molenaar made a permanent and devastating imprint upon the national psyche of New Zealand as he changed the lives of individuals, families, a police community, and a city. The siege was one of the worst and unexpected cases of violence both Napier and New Zealand had witnessed and it was all the more shocking because of its ordinary suburban backdrop.Written by
Given Hollywood's obsession with gun-toting heroes, this is quite the refreshing change. It's structured around a cannabis bust that escalated into an armed siege in New Zealand. New Zealand's police officers aren't armed and aren't used to dealing with well armed, determined, trained gunmen.
As the drama unfolds you get a sense of how initial shocked chaos developed into a more determined and disciplined approach. There's a decent ensemble cast and it doesn't dwell too much on one point of view.
Well worth the hour and a half.
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