October 21, 2023
Whānau shocked at police
A Ngāti Whātua wahine is calling out Counties Manukau police for the way they managed a suspected gun incident in Otahuhu on Tuesday.
Kristy Hills says her partner called police after their landlord and his property manager told him they could not access the premises because someone pulled a gun on them.
When policed arrived two hours later, they ordered the family onto the street and arrested her partner when he objected to them pointing a gun at the whanau, which included a three year old and a six year old.
She says the response was in stark contrast to what happened three months earlier when her daughter’s preschool at Rutherford High School was locked down within seven minutes of a gun threat.
“I don’t understand how within three months my baby, my 3 year old, could possibly go from being the person that needed to be protected to being the person we need to be protected from. I’m not an expert in how to manage gun situations but through the eyes of my baby and what she saw and how the police treated her in Te Atatu Peninsula and how people treat her in Otahuhu and her family and her mum and her nana and her dad and auntie and her 5-year-old nephew, you tell me if they handled that properly?” Ms Hills says.
The incident also came on the 16th anniversary of the Tuhoe raids.