This message just came through from MP Hone Harawira, his simple words, his account of the court proceedings:
Went to court. 5 minutes. Spoke in Maori.
Refused to accept the right of the court to charge me for defending the homeless. Recorded as a “not guilty” plea.
Stood down till Nov 8 which will just be to set a date for a defended hearing.
Charge is so petty, it is only a “finable offence”.
Others copped obstruction and other charges and non-association orders as well.
Good crowd. Good support. Good media. Good bye.