Kaumātua goes on hunger strike to support Deputy Police Commissioner
The appointment of the Deputy Police Commissioner is currently under investigation following complaints by women's advocate, Louise Nicholas.
In addition to that, NZ Police confirmed yesterday it's received formal complaints from two women claiming they were bullied by Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha.
But Haumaha has support with 76-year-old former chaplain for NZ Police Mareikura Collier labelling the investigation a witch hunt and has started a hunger strike in protest.
He vouches for Haumaha's character.
"Ki ahau, he mahi kino ki a Wally Haumaha.
"He tangata toa, he tangata pai."
Collier has begun a hunger strike in protest of what he sees as an attack on the Police Deputy Commissioner.
But the Minister of Police Stuart Nash is remaining tight-lipped on the issue but did say he'll wait for the findings of the Haumaha inquiry.
"It's a six-week enquiry.
"It's into its third week so by the end of September, hopefully, the inquiry will report back on its findings and recommendations."
But that may be too long for Collier who says he'll continue his hunger strike despite suffering from diabetes.
Collier says he plans to stake his protest on the road to spread the message.
"Tae noa ki te mutunga, kei te pīrangi au ki te haere pērā atu ki Pōneke i ngā rangatahi.
"He rā noa iho pea ka noho ki waho i ō rātou wāhi mahi."
Political commentator John Tamihere says he believes it's another instance of people making allegations without proof.
"This is more than a witch hunt.
"There's someone out there that wants to damage this man terribly, and that's okay if there is substance, but there has been none."
The inquiry by QC Mary Scholtens continues.
Once the report is released, the next steps will become clear.