June 03, 2021
Hate video shows struggle ake ake ake
Māori Party leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says police should not treat a hate video posted on social media as a one-off or individual action.
The party has called for a joint taskforce between the NZ Security Intelligence Service and the Police to investigate targeting of Māori by right wing extremist groups.
Ms Ngarewa-Packer says the fact the video threatening to slaughter Māori and burn marae was up for 20 hours, and that it took police a week to formally respond to their complaint, shows it was not being taken seriously.
She says the video left her feeling sick and worried.
"The bottom-of-my-puku feeling was this was exactly what our tūpuna confronted, this is exactly what our leaders have continued to face but here it is, in your face on social media. It's like a manifestation of everything you fight in one tiny little video," she says.
Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says there seems to be an official reaction that Māori must be numb to such attacks so they don’t deserve the duty of care given to Pākehā politicians.
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