Non-residents trying to get into parts of Northland from tomorrow afternoon will be blocked by iwi

Helen Castles
Source: 1News

Those trying to get into parts of Northland from tomorrow will be blocked by iwi, and any non-residents or those considered at risk of spreading Covid-19 will be turned away.

The road block will be at Whakapara along State Highway One, north of Whangarei.

It is being led by former Mana Party Leader Hone Harawira, who is concerned visitors are putting their communities at risk.

Those trying to get into the region will be stopped and questioned. Mr Harawira says all tourists and non-residents will be turned away while residents and those who come from the north will be screened.

The road blocks starts at midday tomorrow and will be manned by community members.

Dr Lance O’Sullivan has pulled out as he does not agree with the way it is being handled.

He previously said it was an added layer of protection for vulnerable Northland communities.

Mr Harawira says he has the backing of Far North police while the Far North District Council says it’s open to the concept.

In a statement yesterday, police said they will work with iwi to protect the community’s most vulnerable, and no one has set out to establish illegal roadblocks.

Yesterday, Tāmaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare also expressed support for Te Whanau a Apanui and other iwi looking to enforce roadblocks.

“I support what Te Whānau ā Apanui are doing as well as other areas that are looking to isolate their communities to keep them safe,” he told TVNZ’s Marae.