False P accusation humiliates bar patron

Talisa Kupenga
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He wahine Māori e kimi whakapāha ōkawa ana i ngā kai-mahi o tētahi pāpara kāuta ki Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, nā rātou ia i uhi ki te whakapae mō te hoko taimiri P ki reira i ngā rā okioki ki muri nei. Ko tā Kylie Kahukiwa, kei te kaha pōrahurahu te noho i ēnā mahi ki a ia. 

I te ngahau noa a Kylie Kahukiwa me tōna hoa i te pāparakauta o Shipwreck i te Pōtapu, ka aromea ia kia uiuia ki rahaki, kaua e te pirihimana, engari e ētahi kai-mahi i reira e whakangā ana, e inu waipiro ana. Ā, i huri kau ake ngā kai-mahi ki te wero atu i a Kahukiwa.

Ko tā nga māngai ki Shipwreck i tirohia tēnei āhutanga e nga kaimahi i tēra pō, ā, na te kore taunaki, i whakatauria kia kaua tēnei take e mātua tirohia. Heoi, he kiritaki anō i rongo i ngā kōrero a ngā kai-mahi i taua pō me te rerenga whakapae hē mō Kylie.

Kei te whakapono a Kylie Kahukiwa he tangata hara kore ia, ā, ko te mahi nui inaianei he whakawāteahia tōna ingoa.

"When I came out of the room I sat down by my partner and I was crying and she at that stage was not sure what was going on and I said that I had just been accused of dealing P. And she said 'well oh that makes sense now because the people and the patrons in the bar have were all saying 'where's that Māori girl? she's dealing crack'.'"

Ko tā Kahukiwa kei patua kinotia e rāua ko tana hoa wahine tēnei whiu korero nātemea he kanohi kitea ki te hapori.

"I would hate for that to be compromised because of their incompetent staff. I felt that I was probably what you would stereotypically, that I was the only Māori there, but that was based on the colour of my skin only. People all looked at me everyone knew.”

I whakamā a Kahukiwa e ngā whiu korero a Shipwreck ki Pukamata kia kaua ia e hoki ki te pāparakāuta rā, ā, kua tangohia taua pōhi rā inaianei. I whakamanahia tētahi kaiwhakahaere ki a Kylie mā tētahi kōrero pukamata anō, kahore tētahi kaiwhakahaere mō te inu waipiro e mahi ana, engari ko tētahi o ngā "hippie" i kohetengia ai ia, ko tētahi kaiwhakahaere takirua e inu waipiro ana ki te pāparakauta.  

"Even if it was true I don't even see how that would be a process that they would promote. That it would be safe for two owners who have clearly been drinking to interrogate a P dealer."

Ko tā te Tari Pirihimana ki Turanga kaore ratou i te mōhio ki tēnei raru ki Shipwreck, ēngari kia kaua te hapori e whakamahi i te ture ko rātou anake ahakoa te aha.

E ai ki a Shipwreck he mema o te hapori i are taringa ki tētahi whakawhitinga kōrero, nā wai rā ka pōhēhē ngā whakaaro. E mārama ana a Shipwreck, kua raru a Kahukiwa i ngā whakapae mōna, heoi i tū tēnei take ki tōna wāhi, ā eehara nā rātou ngā whakapae. Hei tā rātou anō mēnā i tau ai, i te hoko whakapōauaua ki taua wāhi me te tangata hokohoko hoki, kua whakapā atu rārou ki ngā pirihimana, mā rātou tēnei take e whakatikatika, engari kaare i tau ēnā āhuatanga.