16 Jan 2015

Police boost for NRL Nines

3:05 pm on 16 January 2015

Police numbers will be beefed up on public transport networks during the NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park in two weeks, Auckland's mayor says.

New Zealand police officer - cropped

Auckland Mayor Len Brown says more police would have stopped the brawl at Britomart. Photo: 123rf

Last month, after the Christmas in the Park concert, a brawl broke out in Britomart involving about 100 people, understood to be from rival gangs.

Auckland mayor Len Brown.

Len Brown Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilsson

The violence spread to other stations after the crowd was dispersed.

Mr Brown said he did not want a repeat of such violence.

"The other night was something of a wake-up call, to just remind us and ensure that we're able to deliver very very high standards of event and show management and security and safety."

Mr Brown said more police at Britomart would have stopped the fights.

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