Cops help iwi with roadblocks as a cultural response to Covid-19 – and perhaps to portend a policing “partnership”

The proposition that our Police are paving the way for a partnership in which former MP Hone Harawira and other iwi leaders police communities within the borders they define went unchallenged when put to press officers working for the Prime Minister and the Police.

The picture painted in the preceding paragraph was drawn from Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha’s statement on road blocks Harawira set up in Northland to check tourists’ health.  He declared:

” … we want to model what it looks like when iwi, police, councils and other agencies work in partnership”. 

But nether the Police nor the Prime Minister’s Office directly answered questions put to them by Point of Order about the legality of Harawira’s blocking public roads while policing the a border which he presumably established. Continue reading “Cops help iwi with roadblocks as a cultural response to Covid-19 – and perhaps to portend a policing “partnership””

Plaudits for Shane Jones should be offset by his antics at Question Time

New Zealand First’s Shane Jones today has been rewarded with a positive mention in the Dominion-Post’s weekly “Below the Beltway” column, where a political scribe salutes some politicians in the “up” section and chide others in the “down” section.

Explaining why Jones merited a spot in the “up” section, the column says  –

“He’s on track for his target of one billion trees after Cabinet approved an extra $250 million for the scheme…”

At Point of Order we would have taken into account his playing the race card in an ignoble attempt to constrain the Nats from holding the Government to account at  Question Time. Continue reading “Plaudits for Shane Jones should be offset by his antics at Question Time”

Do we still need an independent inquiry into how an independent inquiry was set up

Conflict-of-interest allegations are best resolved by an independent authority, as happened when the Independent Police Conduct Authority examined a senior Dunedin police officer’s role in a case in which a man died after taking morphine in April 2016.

A judge described the police investigation as ‘‘haphazard’’ and noted the veteran officer was a friend of the dead man’s father. But the IPCA ruled there was no conflict of interest.

It seemed we would be treated to an independent inquiry into the controversial appointment of Wally Haumaha as deputy police commissioner. But this turned into an Opposition clamour for an inquiry into the process that resulted in Dr Paula Kingi heading the Haumaha inquiry.

Continue reading “Do we still need an independent inquiry into how an independent inquiry was set up”