17 Feb 2022

Covid-19: Iwi leader not happy with protest on Parliament grounds

From Morning Report, 8:17 am on 17 February 2022

Some among Wellington iwi want the occupation at Parliament grounds to end now, saying the protesters' behaviour is not right.

More cars and tents have appeared in the area around Parliament overnight.

A Te Ātiawa leader and chairwoman of Te Raukura Wharewaka o Pōneke, Liz Mellish, told Morning Report their collective responsibility is in looking after the people of Wellington, supporting vaccinations and delivering food parcels.

She said she too has been an activist - but the number of factions, threats and abuse makes this protest different.