Harawira pleads not guilty over protest

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 05:00 07/12/2012
Hone Harawira
HONE HARAWIRA: Pleaded not guilty to failing to move a vehicle after he was arrested at a Glenn Innes protest.

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Hone Harawira yesterday pleaded not guilty, in Maori, to a charge relating to a protest over a state housing redevelopment.

The Mana Party leader appeared in the Auckland District Court charged with failing to remove a vehicle he had allegedly parked over a driveway in an effort to stop the removal of state houses in Glen Innes.

He pleaded not guilty before two Justices of the Peace and was remanded on bail.

The MP for Te Tai Tokerau was one of seven people arrested at the October protest.

Harawira said he was arrested about 11.30pm, taken to Auckland Central police station, and held in a cell before his release about 3.30am.

He said at the time the overall operation was "seriously over the top".

"There was no need for some of the aggression against the other people."

Police had smashed a window in his car during the incident.

Other protesters were charged with obstructing the police who arrested Harawira.

Those who sat on the roof of the house being moved were charged with wasting police time.

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