The whole of Northland is doing a /facepalm right now

3 News reports

Three nephews of Mana Party leader Hone Harawira are facing charges over an incident in which a 12-year-old boy was followed home and assaulted.

Mau Toa Harawira, 30, Enesi Zane Brooks Taito, 25, and Tohora Harawira, 22, are facing charges of injuring with intent to injure over the incident, the New Zealand Herald reports.

It’s alleged the men were at a Manukau Harbour beach in Auckland, and had been drinking earlier in the day, when they saw a 12-year-old boy who they believed was mouthing words at them.

A police summary alleges they chased the boy to his home. They then allegedly entered the house and punched and kicked him repeatedly, before dragging him outside and continuing the assault.  

Entering his home?

Why aren’t they charged with home invasion?   Does it really look like they were invited in?

The boy was later taken to hospital, and was discharged with bruising to the cheek, nose and chest.

None of the men have so far entered a plea. They are due to reappear in court on April 9, and lawyers for the accused say a trial date is yet to be set.

The men’s mother, Hinewhare Harawira, has become known as an anti-violence campaigner. On Waitangi Day, she welcomed Sir Owen Glenn’s inquiry into violence onto the famous marae.

However as much as the MSM are trying to tie this to Hone by saying “Three nephews of Mana Party leader Hone Harawira”, the truth is, this is a serious gang assault of 3 adult men on an adolescent boy.

How proud must the Harawira clan be, for 22, 25 and 30 year old men to follow a 12 year old to his home, let themselves in and beat the snot out of him.

These guys need to have the book thrown at them.  But you know what will happen, won’t you?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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