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Arrests at housing removal protest

Friday 9 Nov 2012 2:58 p.m.

State house tenants have been protesting plans to redevelop homes in Glen Innes

State house tenants have been protesting plans to redevelop homes in Glen Innes

By Cleo Fraser

Two people have been arrested and charged after more protest action against the removal of state houses from the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes.

A Mana Party spokesman, Malcolm Mulholland, told NZ Newswire about 80 people attended the protest on Thursday evening which followed a protest last month in which at least seven people were arrested, including Mana Party leader Hone Harawira.

Mr Mulholland said two people were arrested on Thursday night and one was charged with illegally being on a vehicle. The woman allegedly climbed on the cab of one of the trucks at the site. She is due appear in court next month.

Auckland City Police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty told NZ Newswire two people were arrested and charged with obstruction. About 50 people attended the protest, she said.

Removal of the homes went ahead on Thursday evening.

Last month Mr Harawira appeared in Auckland District Court where he pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to remove a vehicle from the road.

Mr Harawira told media he was just sitting in his car listening to music when police smashed a window and pulled him out of the car.

Mr Harawira had reportedly parked over the driveway of a house being removed.

He is due to reappear in court on December 6.

State house tenants, including those from Glen Innes, Napier and Lower Hutt marched to Parliament on Wednesday to protest against the redevelop of state homes in Glen Innes.


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