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Māori Children Are Not The Cause Of Crime


The Green party do not support the Police approaching and
photographing rangatahi Māori to already assume them as
criminals.

“This is further proof that the New
Zealand police see certain communities as inherently
criminal and deserving of surveillance. It undermines the
credibility of their work in our justice system” says
Green Party spokesperson for Police, Golriz
Ghahraman.

“We should all be deeply disturbed by
this. It is absolutely unbecoming of an institution
entrusted to keep all communities safe”

“This
behaviour will not be tolerated. It is important that our
tamariki feel safe enough to walk around, without being
criminalised because they are Māori”, says Green Party
spokesperson for Māori Development Dr Elizabeth
Kerekere.

“I am dismayed that our children and young
people grow up knowing they are seen by authorities in this
way. It affects their wairua and hinengaro (spirituality and
mental well-being).

“It is important our justice and
police departments correct their perception of Māori,
especially our rangatahi, tamariki and mokopuna, if they are
serious about honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi as stated in
their own strategic plans.

“The Greens will continue
to push for all organisations to honour Te Tiriti o
Waitangi, and start working with Māori as they have already
planned to do.”

“Young people deserve to have
trust in their community institutions, instead New Zealand
police have harassed, alienated and hurt rangatahi Māori as
well as their whānau.” – Golriz Ghahraman Green MP
commented

“This kind of racism in policing is why
marginalised communities are less likely to report crime,
making our communities less
safe”

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