September 04, 2018
Prayers and fasting to support Haumaha
A fomer police chaplain says he's going on hunger strike in support of embattled deputy police commissioner Wally Haumaha.
Queens Counsel Mary Scholtens is conducting an inquiry into whether the process that resulted in Mr Haumaha's appointment was conducted properly.
Ngati Porou pensioner Mareikura Collier says he worked alongside Mr Haumaha as a chaplain from 2003 to 2008 and respects him and the work he has done and continues to do for Maori.
The 76-year-old says he is an outstanding leader who is being unjustly criticised for comments made 14 years ago during an investigation of colleagues facing allegations of rape.
Mr Collier, who is diabetic, says he has consulted his doctor and will listen to his body.
He intends to begin his hunger strike tomorrow morning with a karakia outside the Ruatoria Police Station.
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