MP: Waikeria Prison riot must be investigated

Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown says control of the prison must be regained swiftly to prevent any further damage. Photo Karen Rutherford/ Newshub

A full investigation must be undertaken into how the Waikeria Prison riot started and has been allowed to continue so long, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown said in a media statement today.

“Waikeria Prison has suffered significant damage from this riot, which has forced Corrections to move hundreds of prisoners around the country to keep them safe.”

Brown said an independent investigation had to be undertaken into how the riot started and whether the response to it had been adequate.

“Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis needs to show some leadership. He should visit Waikeria Prison to make sure those trying to resolve this situation have all the support they need,” Brown – the MP for Pakuranga – said.

“It is hard to believe this riot has been allowed to continue for four days. Control of the prison must be regained swiftly to prevent any further damage.

“I want to send my appreciation to all the Corrections staff and emergency service personnel involved in responding to the riot. Their wellbeing is critical in these difficult situations.”

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