Simon Bridges has called on Ihumātao protesters to go home so houses can be built.
The National leader claims Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern set an appalling precedent by halting construction and needs to right the wrong.
There were several tense moments on the front line at Ihumātao this week, including protester Anikaaro Harawira-Havili caught racially abusing an officer after police numbers swelled and things turned sour.
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Bridges believes Ardern has given protesters the wrong idea.
“The fact that the Prime Minister has halted the building, she’s allowed things to escalate. Yes it was happening before but she’s given it a profile and significance,” he says. …
So as the protest enters its fourth week, the Opposition leader is making his views on the Ihumātao dispute clear.
“It’s time to go home so we can see houses being built,” Bridges says.
Including houses for members of the local Iwi.