And you thought the election was ugly…
As Northland faces its latest high-profile sex case, 3 News can reveal the alleged offender had been working for Hone Harawira and paid by the taxpayer.
Leaked Parliamentary documents show he’s one of three men hired by Mr Harawira who have either been convicted of, or ended up accused of sexual offence charges.
Patrick Rivers, who goes by the name Mangu Awarau, is one of Mr Harawira’s closest friends. He was part of the Internet Mana campaign and spoke at Mr Harawira’s election night function, just days after being charged with raping a girl younger than the age of 12.
“There he was on election night standing as the pillar of society giving a mihi, and yet everybody there â€“ the whole community knew â€“ a couple of weeks in advance that he was facing these charges,” says Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis.
Awarau has pleaded not guilty to three sex offences.
Full credit for those that were in the know not to chuck this into the election. Â They did the right thing. Â But now, it’s also out for further scrutiny. Â This is also the right thing.