This columnist usually stays away from politicians. But then Hone announced a comeback. Oh dear. Maoridom needs Hone Harawira back in politics like the proverbial hole in the head. He couldn’t get on with the Maori Party, founded the Mana Party, had a bromance with the gifted but flawed German, Kim Dotcom. And when the admirable Kelvin Davis thrashed him in the last election, who does he turn on? Dotcom. But of course others, too.
A man with a hero-complex is not what Maoridom needs. They – our people – do not need someone pandering to our lowest common denominator, telling them their failures are not their fault but the fault of rich white people, greedy capitalists, a stacked system, government, all on the assumption these people are incapable of helping themselves.
Not once have we heard offered a solution to “poor” people’s woes, to “poverty.” He came up with no ideas on creating employment. Nor use of Northland Maori land.
No ideas on instilling an education ethos in the outlook of the very culture of those he claims to be fighting for. His ideas were and still are zilch.
He hasn’t demonstrated by a single gesture that maybe he should take a less hardline stance. Oh, no. Not Hone. He’s the self-described “fighter.” Whoopee, that’s gonna put a lot of Maori into their own homes and give them jobs, lift us up to the educated, aspiring middle class, a scrapper representing us.
Kelvin Davis has spoken out about his own criminal constituents who were busted running a scam in his electorate. Normally he hugs them like his life depends upon it.
A Maori group claiming sovereignty of Northland is issuing its own licence plates, warrants of fitness and registrations, claiming they’re as legitimate as the real thing. But none of them are issued by the New Zealand Transport Authority.
The group says the Crown has no authority in Northland, but police say the warrants are a fraud and the people selling them are putting lives at risk.
They come from a Maori incorporation, Nga Uri Whakatupu Ngati Hine, whose members believe they can issue the documents themselves.
“Basically a Maori incorporation is a state outside of Government,” says fake warrant holder Phil Saleh. “Maori are entitled to their own jurisdiction and their own laws.”
The stickers bear the Maori for warrant of fitness, “whakamana waka”, and say they’re authorised under the “Native Waka Motor Vehicle Act 2005”.
Kelvin Davis is a friend of the criminals, and especially criminals who live in Australia.
Australia doesn’t like Kiwi criminals and has sent one packing, twice.
Australia’s Immigration Minister has again cancelled the visa of a New Zealand-born bikie with a long criminal record, only hours after a federal court ruled the first cancellation was unfair.
Australian Federal Court judge Richard Tracey on Thursday quashed Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s decision to cancel the visa of Aaron Joe “AJ” Graham over a technicality involving procedural unfairness.
But an immigration department spokesman on Thursday afternoon said the minister had “decided to again cancel his visa” — and Graham would remain in immigration detention or return to New Zealand pending any appeal.
Graham, a former president of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang, had his visa cancelled in June last year. Read more »
Kelvin Davis goes full retard. Never go full retard
Your reaction to your humiliation of hearing through the media that some corrupt guard is smuggling tobacco in to Wiri Prison has been to embark on a witch hunt to find the whistleblower.
This shows that you’re the one whose running scared simply because you’re afraid of the truth.
Instead of being grateful for this being brought to your attention, and you then being able to take steps to address the problem, you have set out to persecute the whistleblower.
You torment the little people because it’s easier than catching the big fish.
You sit in your ivory tower and pass judgement on people who have little ability to challenge the system or the tyranny of the state.
So they come to a Member of Parliament who shares their concern about the systemic rot that infects the department you manage.
I understand that saving face is more important to you than doing what is right. This is why your department stonewalls information, delays OIA releases, loses CCTV footage, and rarely is anyone held to account for bad decisions that severely impact on inmates, guards and their families.
This is why people can be beaten up with near impunity while your department ‘investigates’ with minimal results and no wrong doing found. Read more »
It may take a while, but this way Labour will indeed get the missing million they had lost.
A grandmother who cheated a dementia sufferer out of her home is being deported back to New Zealand – despite not living here for more than 30 years.
Francesca Jean Marzella, 63, was convicted of “despicable” elder abuse after selling the home of an elderly neighbour and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a year-long holiday to Europe.
Despite not having lived in New Zealand since 1984 and being seriously ill with Crohns disease, Marzella is being deported after the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia upheld an order from the Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton.
Marzella’s offending began in 2004. She befriended the 89-year-old nursing home resident, who was her former next door neighbour, getting her to sign over her $520,000 home.
She sold the home on the internet for about $370,000 and transferred the stolen cash to an account in London.Marzella assumed different identities while on the run – obtaining Australian and British passports under the names Marilyn Gray Howitt and Taylor Scheaffer. She was eventually arrested when she returned to Australia in 2008.
She was charged with defrauding the elderly lady who was suffering from dementia after the woman had laid a complaint. The elderly victim Marguerite Stewart, 89, died in 2011. Read more »
Yesterday Kelvin Davis performed yet another hit job on Serco, alleging that there were corrupt prison officers delivering contraband to the scumbags in jail.
Paul Henry challenged him to front, so did Judith Collins…but he has failed to deliver up evidence and now the problem is in the hands of Police.
Kelvin Davis “is playing a game” and risks attracting the attention of “violent” criminals, Corrections Minister Judith Collins has warned.
The Labour MP on Thursday alleged a small number of Corrections officers in Auckland are taking bribes and sneaking cigarettes to inmates. He provided Newshub with a recording of a conversation between himself and a family member on the outside, explaining how the smuggling operation runs.
Mr Davis promised to give all the evidence he had to Ms Collins.
“About six o’clock last night he sent through what he said was a transcript,” Ms Collins told Paul Henry on Friday morning.
“Yesterday I spoke to the Corrections chief executive Ray Smith, and Ray and I talked about this, and Ray decided to send this straight away to police because it’s evidence of bribery and corruption — well, it’s an allegation of it.”
Ms Collins appears to not have read the transcript Mr Davis gave her, saying she didn’t know what was in it.
She says Mr Davis hasn’t given her any names, nor the recording of the conversation he had with the whistleblower. Read more »
Having been silent and laying low over the real issue of Moko being beaten to death by his caregivers, he has found his voice again. Now the collective consciousness has moved on, up he pops with another prison crisis, this time it’s Corrections. This time, the dreadful crime of smokes being smuggled into prison by guards. Like that is anything new or newsworthy. Where does this guy get his life from?
Does he go to the cops with information for a prosecution? No he goes on TV and won’t reveal his sources, because, well you know none of these people in prisons would tell lies now, would they? Really Kelvin, is that the best you have to offer your people?
Wow, I’m so impressed. He only cares about his people once they committed the crimes, and then visits them in jail to get their stories to attempt to bash the government. He should hang his head in shame. My question to him is: Why don’t you give a toss about your people before they get to prison? Read more »
Whaleoil reader Second time around writes
Kelvin Davis claims that it costs $500 to bribe a Serco guard to deliver two packets of tobacco to a loved one behind bars.
Collins is calling Davis’ bluff on this one.
Guest post by Gavin
Since he entered Parliament where we have heard him go on about fight clubs in Serco run prisons where thugs were beating up thugs. Trips to Australia to support the 501 deportees and Andrew Little going to the Australian Parliament to lobby for them. Yet he has remained silent on the latest death of little Moko.
Why is this? Why is he silent on a real issue? Why is the only real leader turning out to be Alan Duff.
I saw Tariana Turia debate Marama Fox on why Chris Brown should be allowed to come here. Incidentally she looked rather silly defending the indefensible. Why are the rest of the Maori leadership and MP’s silent on this issue? What are they afraid of to speak out and face the truth. As others have stated there was an absence of Maori leaders and flags in the various marches for Moko. Read more »
New details are emerging about the re-offending committed by people deported from Australia on poor character grounds.
Documents obtained under the Official Information Act show 26 out of 47 deportees who arrived back in New Zealand between 2013 and 2014 re-offended. Read more »