October 05, 2023
Trespass ticket shows justice double standard
Te Pāti Māori is seeking an external review of how Huntly police let a National Party supporter off with a trespass notice for invading the home of the Hauraki Waikato candidate Hana Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke.
Party president John Tamihere says the elderly pakeha man has hoardings for National’s Waikato candidate Tim van de Molen on his property.
He says party leader Chris Luxon needs to own it and call it out rather than suggesting National doesn’t know the man – and Huntly police need to uphold the law.
“If it was a Māori breaking into a young pakeha woman’s house and she was a candidate being targeted, he would be in the lock up. He wouldn’t just have a trespass notice. This bloke intentionally was unlawfully on her property and he entered it. Now in our Māori world we get charged, we get taken before the courts and we get a criminal record,” Mr Tamihere says.
He says Hana Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke is important for the Māori Party as a signal young people have a place in politics.