Harawira slams 'petty' charge
Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:25p.m.
By Emma Brannam
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira will appear in court next week after being charged for his involvement in a late night protest against the removal of state houses in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes.
The Mana Party leader, who was arrested along with six others, says he was there with his wife to show solidarity and support.
Harawira's arrest was captured on camera by fellow protestors.
He had been parked in the driveway of a state house being removed when police broke his window and got him out, albeit politely.
"They put these plastic cuffs on me and they said, 'They're not too tight, Mr Harawira?" he told 3 News.
The protests are against Housing New Zealand's plans to redevelop 156 properties in Glen Innes to create at least 260 new homes. It would own 78 of those, and at least 39 others would be owned or managed through other social or community housing providers.
The rest would be for private sale.
Harawira says the Government is breaking a promise it made in 2008 not to move anyone who didn't want to go.
"The Government then decided bugger, you we're going to move you anyway," says Harawira.
Mana Party vice-president John Minto says the Government is picking on the poor.
"The problem is those new houses will all be much higher costs, they'll be much higher rents and the people living in Glen Innes now will not be able to afford them because it's a low-income community."
Harawira will appear in court next Wednesday to fight the charge of failing to remove a vehicle from a road.
"I'm embarrassed to say that its a very petty charge, probably the lowest charge I've ever faced in my life," he says.
Today he's in Kaikohe to support another cause – the end of a 30-day hunger strike by beneficiary Sam Kuha.
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13/10/2012 12:12:22 a.m.
Good sh*t, lock that crim up! And why the hell are we giving Minto the time of day?
12/10/2012 7:20:01 p.m.
Jer, what do you suggest people do who cannot work for their money? Are they expendable, in your opinion?
12/10/2012 6:53:37 p.m.
Auckland needs housing for working families in proximity to central city employment. While I sympathise with the people of Glenn Innes for the disruption to their lives, they should accept that part of the premium of heavily subsidised housing is the risk of being shifted when necessary.
12/10/2012 5:09:46 p.m.
can't blame Hone for trying to raise Mana's Party <1% profile.
12/10/2012 4:54:54 p.m.
good on hone for the public profile lift ,just be pissed off if he used a gov. car and taxpayers have to fork out for car repairs and legal aide!
12/10/2012 4:40:01 p.m.
@ JER...It's radical because the govt is reneging on past promises and to heap insult to injury these new homes will be far to expensive for the low income earners to rent. I thought it may of been cheaper to refurbish rather than to rebuild. But the govt obviously feels that lowly/poor people have no options, other than to be told what to do and to like it or lump it. Good on Hone for standing up for the minority in Glenn Innes, the sooner the other govt parties get involved, the easier it will be on the people who are actually been victimised
12/10/2012 3:25:32 p.m.
How is it a radical idea, Alison? To work for your money? Or are you referring to the fact that by selling one of these million dollar pieces of land, you could afford to house 3 more families? You're right, the National Party are evil, shame on them! People should have the right to be selfish and be on the take for doing nothing.
12/10/2012 1:14:32 p.m.
Hones not my cup of tea but I do have to say good on you for showing your support and where the hell were any of the other partys. Nothing wrong with a peaceful protest and more people should be standing up to the govts radical ideas.
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