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Don Brash and Hobson’s Pledge on the IWI Road Blocks

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Copy of an email received from Hobson’s Pledge this morning.

`Brash questions roadblock safety, openness, accountability

Police should publish the selection process used to appoint non-Police personnel to enforce compliance with Covid-19 regulations at roadblocks, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.Section 22 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Act (No 2) 2021, that became law on November 19, gives the Police Commissioner the power to appoint a Maori warden, a nominated representative of an iwi organisation, a Pasifika warden, or a community patroller to monitor Covid-19 compliance.“

The location of all road blockade sites should continue to be published each day,” Dr Brash said.

“The Police should publish a full statement of what Police supervision means at such Covid-19 roadblocks including all policy and training manuals for Police and all Police training records,” he said
.“Have the Police conducted criminal background checks on non-Police personnel manning the checkpoints? What is Police policy when convicted criminals are to be included in these blockades?”

“Can the Government guarantee that non-Police blockade members are double-vaccinated and have had public health and safety training, including training in the use of Covid-19 protective gear, and in the legally required traffic management skills?”“Can the Police publish what steps members of the public can undertake in self-defence or otherwise when not feeling safe at blockades manned by non-Police personnel?”“What will the Police do to prevent the exposure of the travelling public to Covid-infected non-Police road blockaders? Dr Brash asked.’

Hobson’s Pledge Trust

Disclosure: I am not a member of Hobson’s Pledge nor am I a donor to them but, I am on their email list.

Written by pdm1946

December 8, 2021 at 7:18 am

Posted in New Zealand

5 Responses

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  1. Abomination is a word that comes into focus, the cluster f*ck just rolls on.
    I understand there are some criteria to be satisfied before a person (advisedly) can become a security person, if not a system of official approval by way of licensing?
    As it is taking months even more than a year to become or continue as a Lawful owner of a firearm, I know as a member of my family is now over a year waiting to renew his, it exercises the brain how approval to be a Stasi operative overnight, can be actioned?


    December 8, 2021 at 7:44 am

    • You are right GD I had an appropriate Security Guard qualification which expired recently. Good for 5 years and I full days tuition plus two tests one on site and the other open book with about a week to get it in.


      December 8, 2021 at 7:53 am

  2. Another question(s) … are those ‘volunteering’ their services to receive any sort of payment/koha/reimbursement … what is the basis for determining the quantum of payment/koha/reimbursement?

    The Veteran

    December 8, 2021 at 8:34 am

    • I believe the basis is whatever they can extort from the public.


      December 8, 2021 at 8:54 am

    • Good question Vet – I assume you mean from the govenment.

      Rest assured the (so called) Maori Caucus will find a way.


      December 8, 2021 at 9:28 am

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