Erana Paraone and her partner Wiremu Keretene challenged their local Coin Save in Kawakawa last week over the pipes in their display cases.
Matt King said a small percentage of Housing NZ tenants are causing mayhem, with anti-social behaviour, violence, vandalism, drug dealing and 24-hour parties.
Residents are calling on Housing NZ to evict troublemakers - while 328 other families remain on the waiting list for social housing.
Senior Constable Dion Masters says he's been copping a fair bit of flak from his colleagues after the incident in which the suspect got away - and he got a flat tyre.
Police say those arrested will appear in court on a range of drug charges and other charges.
Record homeless numbers are being reported in the Northland this winter.
Luke Dayberg says he wouldn't have had the confidence to apply for a leadership role if it wasn't for the voyage.