The shooting of a leader of the Killer Beez gang has put an unwelcome spotlight on Ōtara. Phil Taylor found a community that is putting its best foot forward.

The Māori wardens are happy to talk. Talking is a big part of the job. They greet everybody, know everybody, their families and affiliations and they know this town after dark.

They keep the weather eye, in the pubs, in the town centre, in the parks in the early hours. They even wander up the creeks, just in case. Better safe than sorry.

Tina Harding-McGregor and Fulton Tere are in the