Let’s be clear, it was the Māori Party in the end who talked this situation down and de-escalated it…
The 16 inmates who overran the prison last week finally surrendered about noon today, Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi announced in a statement about 1pm.
Waititi arrived at the prison this morning after travelling through the night to meet the 16 inmates after they asked to speak with him, he said.
“They were ready to come down,” Waititi said. “Naturally, they were tired and hungry but still very determined to see change.
…Rawiri and John Tamihere were at the prison de-escalating the situation while Kelvin Davis went into hiding.
Davis has swallowed the Corrections lies hook line and sinker and showed none of the leadership he has previously displayed when it comes to prisoner rights and inhumane prison conditions.
The lies being spun to gloss over Corrections atrocious handling of this are unacceptable and will quickly get uncovered.
It is clear Corrections had staffing troubles over Covid which led to unacceptable conditions…
Our drinking water in prison is brown. We have used our towels for three straight weeks now. Some of us have not had our bedding changed in five months. We have not received clean uniforms to wear for three months – we wear the samer dirty clothes day in and day out. We have to wash our clothes in our dirty shower water and dry them on the concrete floor. We have no toilet seats: we eat our kai out of paper bags right next to our open, shared toilets.
…trying to claim his is all Gang members with no righteous grievance eclipses Corrections own incompetence here.
Pointing to a prison that won’t be finished for another 2 years as a solution is a joke. Prisoners should have the basics, clean water, clean towels, clean bedding and clean clothes, to deny them those because of staffing issues due to Covid isn’t acceptable and leads to riots.
This prison has repeatedly failed inspections and our international obligations, to ignore that is childish.
It is disappointing in the extreme for Kelvin Davis to have said nothing for days and when he does speak, place all the blame on the prisoners for rioting.
This was a deeply damaging situation made worse by the lack of Kelvin’s leadership.
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