March 15, 2016
Hikoi to highlight detainee treatment
Labour MP Kelvin Davis is heading back to Australia for the launch of a hikoi to raise awareness of the treatment of New Zealanders under the lucky country’s tough immigration laws.
He says the six-week bus journey is organised by people he knew growing up in Moerewa who now live across the Tasman.
They want to highlight the unequal treatment giving to New Zealand citizens living or working there, and also the conditions of those held in detention centres awaiting deportation for alleged visa breaches.
Mr Davis says his role for the four days he’s there is at the back of the bus.
"I'm there to tautoko them, speak at the rallies, encourage our whanau to be strong, try to get some sort of change around the whole treatment of New Zealanders over in Australia," he says.
Mr Davis says he will try to see some of the New Zealanders in Sydney’s Villawood detention centre.
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