Scene 'ugly, over-the-top' – Harawira
Fri, 12 Oct 2012 6:06p.m.
By Amanda Gillies
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has described how police broke into his car, arrested him and then asked if the handcuffs were too tight.
The MP was one of eight people arrested as protesters tried to stop a state house in Auckland being removed to make way for private developers.
It was a scene Mr Harawira described as “ugly, surreal and over-the-top”.
He was arrested after he parked his car in front of a removal truck, locked himself in and shone his lights on the house set for removal. He turned up the music and ignored police.
Police then broke his car window and hauled him out. But Mr Harawira claims he still received special treatment.
“They put these plastic cuffs on me and said, ‘They're not too tight, are they Mr Harawira?'”
He was charged with failure to remove a vehicle from a road, a charge he called petty, saying “99.9 percent of New Zealanders would've never heard of it”.
Mr Harawira will have to appear in court on October 17 and says he will the fight the charge and use it as an opportunity to highlight his cause.
He says in 2008 the Government promised people living in Glen Innes state houses wouldn't be moved if they didn't want to be. Housing New Zealand (HNZ) has since moved 50 state houses from the area and is redeveloping 156 properties to create 260 new homes.
HNZ asset development manager Sean Bignell says people have actually been cooperative.
“Once they understood we would help them, we understood their needs and [could] work with them and give them plenty of choice and opportunity. They are really receptive to that and the response has been really good.”
But Mr Harawira says people were not happy.
“Glen Innes took their own survey, found nobody wanted to move. The Government then decided, ‘Bugger you, we are going to move you anyway.’”
HNZ says tenants have been pressured to take part in protests largely organised by those not affected by the redevelopment.
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18/10/2012 11:17:30 a.m.
The commenter's below are coward and must propbably escape from prison that are living in dirty houses' like slums smoking pots that showed themselves to be racisum idiotic morons, don't forget to shower once in while that if you can afford sand soaps or a wire scrubbing brush morons as we can smell you from here.
17/10/2012 3:32:52 p.m.
Aucklands underground systems have been built for the 1/4 acre section, not high denistity complexes. The systems already failing over waster water disposal. Isnt it some thing like 300 miles of piping going rusty. Whose going to end up paying for that not housing NZ.
17/10/2012 1:49:58 p.m.
I have to agree with Hone on this one! The Government has a 'Dictatorship' attitude which most of us are fed-up to the hilt with...you don't kick people out of acccomodation without housing them in other accomodation first. I think I would have been arrested too for standing up to Housing New Zealand. I was raised in Glen Innes back in the 60's when my Dad had to work 2jobs just to make ends meet. So I do know what I'm talking about...I have visited the area on a few occasions over the years and it looks absolutely run down maintenance wise which is the responsibility of Housing New Zealand they need to make sure that their rental properties are kept to a desired standard...every family should have an opportunity for decent living standards...well they failed in this area! So I support Hone for standing up for a good cause.
16/10/2012 11:24:55 p.m.
@Dan. I think Elisha needs neither dictionary nor alternative ideas of what is appropriate conduct. What exactly was your comment anyway?
16/10/2012 7:57:37 p.m.
people wake up and smell the rose's, bet you they moving the hosing corp home they can sell the land once again to over sea investor's. go and get a life. you all have alot to say ( bad words ) because you are not one of them in this position.come on help our people don't put them down.
16/10/2012 1:05:17 a.m.
So Hone gets himself arrested then it turns out the houses are to go up North to house people in his electorate.Not a winning situation.
15/10/2012 12:04:00 p.m.
look at the big picture,they want to pull down these old state houses on huge sections,so they can build double the accommodation to house more idiots who have large families who cannot afford them......................
14/10/2012 3:33:20 p.m.
I too am surprised at the softness of the Police on Hone. What happened about him (Hone, urm John) being roughed up by the telephone book?
Hone, go back to Northland and crawl back under a rock and let others, and you know who I mean, fight their own battles.
14/10/2012 9:24:23 a.m.
Gee, a politician supporting people, what a bastard.
13/10/2012 10:24:32 p.m.
I think we can all agree that Elisha needs a dictionary and a couple of brain cells for christmas.
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