June 20, 2023
Election season for gang bashing
Māori health advocate Lady Tureti Moxon says she’s sick of politicians bringing out the stick to hit Māori because it’s election year.
National Party leader Chris Luxon is promising to change the Sentencing Act to make being a gang member an aggravating factor, regardless of the offence committed.
Lady Moxon sees that as an attack on all Maori who have whanau who have been in gangs or gone through the Corrections system.
“There are those of us who aren’t the best models of citizenship but you know all of those whanau belong to others within their whanau but also have children and crikey, are we going to beat them up until they submit. No matter what we do and how we do it we are always going to be worse off with this and worse off with that,” she says.