March 25, 2020
Harawira militias not needed for lockdown enforcement
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says unofficial tribal militia throwing up checkpoints are more likely to hinder than help the Covid-19 response.
Hapū and iwi on the East Coast are organising such road-blocks, and former MP Hone Harawira is trying to arrange checkpoints on roads into the far north.
Mr Peters says the government doesn’t need Mr Harawira to ring-fence Kaitaia.
"That’s what the Government is seeking to do now. That's why there's a lockdown. That's why they're saying don't travel. That's why the Government is saying stay at home, look after each other. If you ring-fence Kaitaia, it sounds good until you have essentials coming in that are desperately needed for life to continue, food and other resources like that. So you can't have a bunch of militias standing by the side of the road without any guidelines enforcing a lockdown," he says.
Winston Peters says it’s up to the authorities to make sure essential supplies can get through and enforce the end of no-essential travel.
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