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The weird world of the NZ Police

02/05/2020

The other day I posted about the NZ Police endorsing vigilantism – Why is Iwi ‘policing’(aka vigilantism) being further endorsed by NZ Police?

Today I see RNZ is running an item – MPs’ questioning of legal iwi checkpoints ‘really is racism’ – so now raising questions over roadblocks and checkpoints is deemed racist. Really!

In the article we see this attributed to Police Commissioner Andrew Coster

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster has repeatedly told MPs the checkpoints operating across the country are legal because police are present and operating them.

He has also welcomed any information about checkpoints where police aren’t present to ensure that they can work alongside communities to operate them safely and within the law.

Yet it seems that police are not always present.

I commented on this in my post – Why is Iwi ‘policing’(aka vigilantism) being further endorsed by NZ Police?

In my post I asked:

Why are NZ Police essentially:

    • supporting one ethnic group?
    • what happens if an iwi does not agree with police views?
    • are police there at all times?
    • who makes determinations?
    • who has liability for any mishaps?
    • will police support roadblocks in non Maori areas?

Furthermore Coster has claimed gangs are not involved, yet this seems to be in conflict with this mentioned by Steve Elers in his weekly column for Stuff – Iwi-run coronavirus checkpoints are a nonsense but police aren’t stopping them

Deets Edwards, a member of the Mighty Mongrel Mob’s Barbarian Chapter, was reported by Newsroom as saying: “There’s a good handful of us helping out. If we’re not on the road then we’re cooking kai. And we take it out to the whānau who are manning the checkpoints.”

As Elers goes on to write

I think it’s fair to say that most law-abiding citizens wouldn’t want to be stopped by Deets and his bros

Precisely.

Elers column makes me wonder about the information Coster has to substantiate his claims, including those he made to The Epidemic Response Committee this past week

Then according to the RNZ article – MPs’ questioning of legal iwi checkpoints ‘really is racism’

In a report released yesterday, the Human Rights Commission said the community checkpoints were a positive example of Treaty partnership in action.

Why am I not surprised. Why are checkpoints an example of Treaty partnership. This woke, identity politics and nothing to do with the Treaty of Waitangi.

The RNZ piece continued

Social justice advocate Julia Whaipooti agreed with this.

“Then community-led checkpoints, working with police, is a practical expression of the Tiriti relationship and I think that’s something to be upheld, and obviously the Human Right’s Commissioner has pointed that out as well.”

Bridges, in a statement, said he stood by everything he said at the epidemic response committee meeting yesterday.

“It doesn’t matter whether these checkpoints are operated by Māori or Pākehā, they are illegal.”

Other MPs such as National’s Matt King and Act leader David Seymour have called for the checkpoints to be shut down, citing reports that some drivers felt unsafe and were being verbally abused.

But these claims were contradicted by Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha.

The article quoted Haumaha:

Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha said none of the complaints police had received, including a claim by Bridges that gang members were intimidating drivers in Maketu, have been substantiated.

“We’ve got staff to go in and investigate what those issues were all about. Of course, you’ve heard that there are gang members on these checkpoints but that just hasn’t been the case,” he said.

“I have had no reports of abuse come through to me.”

Well again I refer to Elers column, referenced above.

I venture to suggest that NZ Police may well be mistaken in their claims. In addition I refer readers to this NZ Herald report referenced in my post – Why are the NZ Police supporting vigilante thugs? – in that article the reporter quoted an iwi leader as saying:

So Maori wished to ban people from entering an area. This making it a no go zone. Silly me, I was under the impression that there no such things as ‘no go’ areas in NZ. Hmm!

But wait, it gets even worse

Nonetheless, the iwi have their own ways of getting their message across. Rapihana is frank about it.

“A lot of our bushmen are those people who can deal with that kind of stuff [conflict],” Rapihana says of the larger iwi members who have been asked to man the borders.

“And actually, when people see them it tames it down anyway. Because they’re scary people.”

The meaning here is clear. These roadblocks are enforced through intimidatory tactics. This thuggery, which is what it is, is tolerated by police

So we have media reports which appear to confirm gang involvement and intimidatory tactics.

However, the Police Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner say that is not so.

Well I am not convinced by the Commissioner and his Deputy Commissioner.

Welcome to the weird world of the NZ Police

 

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