Crime in the City: What really goes on in Auckland after dark

Police on patrol in Auckland.

Alcohol, violence, firearm fears and moments of sheer stupidity punctuate the revelry and good times of the city after dark.

According to the police there has been an increase in assaults in Auckland's city centre since last year's national Covid-19 outbreak, partly due to a change in the demographics of the city.

The absence of international students and tourists has left many empty apartments taken up by Australian deportees, gang members and people needing emergency housing.

The rise in assaults, combined with reports of gang violence, shootings and other violent crimes in the wider city have left many people questioning