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Te Pāti Māori Have Lodged Official Complaint To The Independent Police Conduct Authority


Today Te Pāti Māori lodged an official complaint to the
Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) on the basis of
their failure to adequately respond to or investigate a
threat and hate crime targeting Te Pāti Māori Co-Leaders
Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and Rawiri Waititi and te iwi
Māori.

This complaint comes off the back of a YouTube
video, which has since been taken down, that makes specific
threats towards Te Pāti Māori and Māori people in
general. A transcription of the video includes the following
statements;

“These maori elite are going to cause
a civil war like none before and they will be slaughtered by
the thousands.

“I research, I train, I know
how to kill, I know how to shoot, give me 10,000 men, 2
weeks and ill have you a fuken army that will slaughter the
mother fuckers like you’ve never seen
before.

“The first time you will know
something has happened is when you try to leave your house
and its locked from the outside and theres flames all around
ur house and your gonna die in your house. This will be the
first instant maori will realise something terribly wrong
going on. 150 marae hit in one night around the country by
white brave patriot men. Once you remove their history, they
don’t have a history to fuken defend…”

“We
are more than disappointed by the lack of Police response to
our complaint. Communication and response time was
inadequate, the police have continued to minimise the nature
of the threat against us and our people” said Debbie
Ngarewa-Packer.

“We were sent from pillar to post as
we tried to understand who was in charge of the case and
nobody could give us a straight answer.

“We lodged a
complaint on Monday 24th June as soon as we were made aware
of the video. We didn’t hear back from the police until
Wednesday 26th and that was the only time we heard from them
until we started to raise questions about what was being
done.

“We then look at the way in which Simeon
Brown’s case has been handled. A Pākehā MP, who ends up
with what looks like the full weight of the police force
urgently responding to the threats made against him by a
Māori.

“We understand the perpetrator of the video
threat against us is a white supremacist who admitted to the
creating and uploading the video. He was spoken to but not
seen as a threat due to mental health issues.

“In
Simeon Brown’ case on the other hand, we understand that
two Māori have already appeared in court and charged for
threatening to kill. It reeks of racial injustice and white
privilege,” said Mrs Ngarewa-Packer.

“When racist
rhetoric is allowed to occur in the highest house in this
country, it breeds contempt by those who share similar
values. It emboldens and mobilises right wing extremists,”
said Rawiri Waititi.

“We are experiencing heightened
levels of hate speech and harassment by white supremacists,
targeted at us and about us. This has increased
significantly since Judith Collins started on her apartheid
warpath.

“We fear more for the retaliation from our
people. They are becoming hoha of the racist rhetoric and I
know for a fact that any sort of retaliation from my people
will only hurt them because the system is designed to
discriminate against us.

“As we move closer to our
Aotearoa hou, we can only expect this rhetoric to increase
and it is absolutely the responsibility of the Government
and its Ministries to ensure the protection of its
indigenous peoples by adopting policy, systems and processes
that eliminate the ability for hate speech and violence to
occur,” said Mr
Waititi.

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