Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Community 'under siege' says Waiariki MP

Te Ururoa Flavell,
Member of Parliament for Waiariki

Monday 15 October 2007

Community 'under siege' says Waiariki MP

The unprecedented police activity across the small rural Maori communities throughout the Urewera Valley has been described by Waiariki MP as placing a community in his electorate "under siege".

"Operation 'O-desk', as it unfolded this morning, has left school-children and families fearful" said Te Ururoa Flavell, Member of Parliament for Waiariki. "As reports came in to my electorate office, it became clear that some serious allegations are at the forefront of the events of today" said Flavell.

"It is not my place to comment on matters before the Court, but as Electorate MP for this region, I was alarmed to hear that children on the way to school had been upset by the police armed roadblock in Ruatoki" said Flavell.

"One of the suspects was greatly distressed to have been arrested in front of his mokopuna" said Flavell. "How do whanau taking their children to kura or kohanga reo, explain to them the presence of the armed defenders squad?"

"The Maori families living in my electorate feel unduly harassed by the number of search warrants imposed, the charges laid, and the intimidation they believe they have experienced this morning" said Te Ururoa Flavell.

"It was soul-destroying to hear one koroua describe his first thoughts were that it reminded him of the context of raupatu" said Te Ururoa Flavell. "This is not surprising, given it appears the road block was at the site of the confiscation line - which marks the point up to which land was taken from Tuhoe in the 1860s".

"The whole context around the Terrorism Suppression Act is highly charged for Maori" said Flavell. "When the Act came in to law in 2002, Maori predicted it was only a matter of time before it was used against them and so it is inevitable that these concerns have arisen this morning given that this is the first time that the Terrorism Suppression Act has been applied".

"The timing is of great interest in that the select committee reporting on the new Terrorism Suppression Amendment Bill has just issued its report (27 September. People have been asking is this an opportunity to test the Act? It certainly doesn't surprise our community that it happens close to home" said Mr Flavell.

"We are yet to receive a full briefing as to the events as they have transpired, but as we understand it, people of mixed ethnicity are involved in this operation across the country" said Flavell.

"The safety and wellbeing of the public is of course uppermost in our minds. We will be keeping a very close eye on this situation. The key issue for all the families I represent, is how reliable is the evidence?"

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news