A year in, what has Kelvin Davis done for Northland?


The Christmas Island detention centre is in a state of chaos after riots broke out, according to Labour’s Kelvin Davis.

Mr Davis, who recently visited the island, says violence broke out after a guard allegedly punched a detainee in the face after being asked about the death of a refugee, days after escaping from the centre.

“[A source at the centre] reports that things aren’t good, although the riot squad [and] the guards have all disappeared, so I think it’s the calm before the storm – they’ll be in soon and start waving their battens, I think,” he told the Paul Henry programme.

“One guy I spoke to said that they’re afraid, they’re scared they’re going to be shot. He said, ‘Can you please get people to come over and see the evidence of their injuries once the dust has settled?'”

Mr Davis believes sources at the centre chose to contact him about the situation because he actually made the effort to go and meet with them.

Let’s run a critical eye over Kelvin Davis’ achievements over the last political year.

  • Gone into bat for prisoners in New Zealand where these were under Servo care
  • Gone into bat for New Zealand ex-cons that do not want to be deported from Australia to New Zealand

Feel free to add any below, I’m not keeping the list to those two – I genuinely can’t think of any others.

Davis has spent a significant amount of time out of his electorate championing causes that aren’t of concern to Northland.    Jobs, infrastructure, health, education…   none of it.

I’m getting the feeling that Northland may be regretting their little tryst with Labour and will put Hone Harewira back at the next election.  Think of him what you will, but at least he worked hard at trying to make a difference for his constituents.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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