Bullet holes in Mana office

Last updated 17:52 02/07/2014

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Police say bullet holes in Mana leader Hone Harawira's Kaitaia electorate office could be linked to a spate of vandalism in the area.

Three shots, thought to have been from a slug gun, were fired through the front window of Harawira's main street office which set amongst residential housing, last Thursday night.

The incident has prompted Harawira, who believes it was a personal attack though does not know what was behind it, to investigate whether Parliamentary Security will install stronger glass to protect his staff.

"It is a worry, I get criticism, I get threats and I get death threats, but when people start taking shots at you and your office it's a whole different ball game," he told Morning Report.  

"It takes it to a completely different level and it worries me about my staff and about the whanau who come to that office to get help."

The front window was about 3 to 5 metres from the main road.

"It's not like you could make a mistake between my office and the bush. It's surrounded by a number of other houses and just around the corner is an early childhood centre as well."

He said it was a "scary thought".

Staff were sometimes working late at night. It was some of the staff who reported the bullet holes to the police.

Harawira said police had not been in touch with him, but he understood they had visited the electorate office a couple of times since it was reported.

"We haven't had any specific advice, I understand, as to what steps we should be taking; whether we should be moving out or putting in bullet-proof glass or anything."

A police spokesperson said the shooting could be linked to other incidents of wilful damage including broken windows which occurred in the area on the same night.

"Four incidents of wilful damage had occurred in Kaitaia around the time that Mr Harawira's electorate office was also damaged," the spokesperson said.

"We're obviously investigating everything to see if there is any linkages."

No one had been caught in relation to the incident and there were no persons of interest at this stage, though enquiries were continuing.

Police did not believe it was necessary to put increased patrols in the area and did not believe staff were in danger.

"If people do have any concerns around safety or anything like that then they need to give us a call."

Anyone with information was asked to contact police.

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