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Incompetent and nasty Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has confronted media after a long standoff that lasted six days at Waikeria Prison, involving 16 inmates protesting for better management and ‘human rights’ over bad conditions.
The Minister called the inmates reckless after breaking his silence this afternoon, according to Newstalk ZB.
Previously Mr Davis had no mention of a plan or comment on what will happen to the inmates, letting it run free without stepping in for the long six days. However, he said he would comment on the standoff when it would eventually ‘end’—Victimising himself over the problem rather than finding a solution sooner.
“The arson, violence and destruction carried out by these men were reckless criminal acts that put themselves, other prisoners, Corrections staff and emergency services in danger,” said Mr Davis.
A fire was spotted inside the main watchtower at the prison on Saturday.
The prison where the inmates are held is reportedly in bad condition.
During August of 2020, the Ombudsman published a report of an unannounced inspection of the facility.
Inside of the report, it said prisoners were double-bunked in cells that can hold only one inmate—a lack of natural light and poor ventilation systems.
Further, the report tells inmates lacked access to clean bedding and clothing. Prisoners were forced to eat meals near the toilets in the cells.
The unit was no longer fit for its purpose of housing inmates.
A proposed facility is scheduled to open in 2022 next to the old buildings that are not fit for purpose, at Waikeria Prison.
The cost to build the new facility is around $750m.
A Twitter trend started in New Zealand consisting of ‘#WheresKelvin’ after he stayed radio silent. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made not one comment on the situation while spending a few days in the small town Tairua with her intended Clarke Gayford and daughter Neve over the Holiday period.
The 16 inmates surrendered at midday on Sunday after MP for Waiariki and co-leader of the Māori Party Rawiri Waititi attended to sort things out over the long period.
A statement was posted on Mr Waititi’s Facebook page detailing how he did it.
“These men are not animals, they are humans; they are brothers, father’s and sons and are deserving of better treatment,” he said.
“If you treat a person like a dog, they will act like one and that is the saddest part of this whole saga; a failed criminal justice system adopted from a land 19000 kilometres away. It was wrong 250 years ago and it is wrong today.”