Struggling to see why this is news

There is no reason to use Hone Harawira’s name in relation to two of his nephews, a couple of ratbags by the sound of it, getting sent away.

They have nothing to do with Hone Harawira in his political life, so why the sensational headlines?

Two of Mana Party leader Hone Harawira’s nephews have been jailed after fracturing a man’s cheek and eye socket while drunkenly robbing him.

The two brothers, Tohora Harawira and Enesi Taito, were sentenced in the Auckland District Court this afternoon for the 2011 assault. 

Harawira was jailed for two years and eight months. Taito, who was also being sentenced on a separate injuring with intent to injure charge, was jailed for five years.

A friend of the pair, Wikatana Popata, was sentenced to six months home detention.

The trio were involved in beating up the man on a street in the Auckland suburb of Avondale, robbing him and assaulting bystanders so they would not “nark” on them.


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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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