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A 44-year-old man who posted a video to YouTube that incited violence and death threats to Māori appeared in Tauranga District Court and was charged, Thursday.
The individual said threatening words, incited death threats and violence — directed at Māori people, culture and heritage. It caused significant outrage from a number of people online and was described as “highly distressing”.
The man was charged with inciting racial disharmony and making an objectionable publication.
According to the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993; making an objectionable publication can result in a maximum sentence penalty of fourteen years.
Inciting racial disharmony under the Human Rights Act 1993 has a maximum sentence penalty of three months — or a $7,000 fine.
Name suppression continues to be granted meaning the name of such individual will not be publically revealed just yet.
The next court date is scheduled for July 29. A plea is yet to be made by the man.
Police prompted an investigation into multiple complaints made, including Te Pāti Māori, about the video, as it was up for around 24 hours on the platform before being taken down.
He was arrested on June 3 in Tauranga and later appeared at the District Court on June 10.
Any content that is thought to be objectionable should be reported to the Department of Internal Affairs. Alternatively, text or talk at 1737 with a trained counsellor 24 hours a day.
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