Jacinda Ardern told Mike Hosking that she had seen no evidence of gangs being involved with illegal roadblocks.
She is clearly wilfully blind. Mike Hosking challenged her on this but she still denied there was any evidence.
Her darlings at Newsroom and NewstalkZB last week documented this exact occurrence:
Volunteers at a Murupara checkpoint have shared a video to social networking app TikTok revealing unity between local gangs and iwi.
The two checkpoints on State Highway 38 have been operated by local iwi Ngati Manawa, Ngati Whare and Ngati Haka since week two of New Zealand’s lockdown. And local members of the Mongrel Mob and Tribesman gangs have been in full support to protect the 1800-strong community.
Even Radio NZ covered it:
Lobby group Hobson’s Pledge has started a nationwide petition calling for the end of iwi-led “vigilante” checkpoints and has chosen a photo of the Murupara team to illustrate every social media post related to the topic.
The photo shows checkpoint organiser Leila Rewi flanked by Mongrel Mob member Deets Edwards and Tribesman member Conlyn Parekura, both in full gang regalia.
Checkpoint spokesperson Te Akauroa Miki said it was unfair how the group had targeted his whanau and their mahi at the checkpoints and was using their photograph without permission.
“It is unfair how they are going about trying to shut the checkpoints having little to no facts about our volunteers who wear a gang patch,” Miki said.
“Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and we do not sugar coat things when our community is at risk.”
Miki said the checkpoints had three volunteers from different gangs volunteering since “day one” and in a nationwide pandemic the priority was to educate, monitor and to ask all non-residents to turn around to prevent Covid-19 from entering the community.
“The call was put out to volunteer, these three gang members chose to put aside their differences and help out,” Miki said.
“How they dress is up to them, but all volunteers approaching vehicles are kind, have a smile and donned in a hi-viz reflective vest.”
But somehow, with full vocal fry, concern-trolling, baby talk voice Jacinda Ardern expects us to believe that she has seen “no evidence” of gangs being involved with illegal road blocks?
Pull the other one Prime Minister.
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