Just as the Government lurch from one housing meltdown to another in the twilight of a declining economy, suddenly the release of a story that suggests Maori are getting treated differently by the law and wait for the roar of beige privilege that will divert attention from Nick Smith…
Exclusive: Police told not to ticket unlicenced Maori drivers in South Auckland
Unlicensed Maori drivers caught behind the wheel in South Auckland are getting the chance to avoid a $400 fine.
Police are defending the move, saying it’s part of their goal to reduce Maori offending and that it’s crucial and it’s working.
Documents leaked to ONE News show the “guidelines”police in South Auckland say they’ve been enforcing since last year.
The paperwork spells out that all Maori drivers caught without a licence or in breach of their conditions are to be referred for training and not given a ticket.
…if the policy is more holistic than punitive and it’s working, then it’s a success story and progressive policing. It’s not evidence of an apartheid state where Maori are getting race based privileges that risk the very fabric of egalitarian NZ.
Giving people a second chance to work things out is smart policing, it’s not the end of Western Civilisation.
Now, back to the Housing meltdown where Nick Smith has been thrown a poorly researched brain fart that’s designed not to work as National require demand side free market economics to keep the property bubble afloat to create the illusion of growth.
What we need is the Labour Party to wake up to the reality that this housing crisis requires a Government with their history to stand up and build new state houses while linking our provincial timber centres with work training facilities to build them and create jobs.
The sooner the Greens or Labour move on Renters Rights, the sooner we can start that debate.