Keen to shift the blame for the RWC opening fracas Murray McCully has used reserve powers under his very own CERA-like powers to seize control of the whole Auckland waterfront. Here’s John Key explaining why:
Key: Interestingly enough, one good example of where the Government was the agent responsible for administration is party central, where it had joint responsibility. That worked absolutely perfectly in terms of the 12,000 people.
“worked absolutely perfectly”, eh?
TV3: Details have emerged about an incident that overshadowed the opening of the Rugby World Cup.
Nine members of a fleet of waka that landed at Queen’s Wharf on Friday were injured by drunk spectators.
The sight of 23 waka cutting their way through Auckland Harbour left many with a lump in their throat. But the day also left the crew with lumps and bruises on their bodies and even a broken rib.
Rawinina Farrell was one of those punched and kicked by a drunken mob.
“People were chucking bottles and all that at our other kids and ladies,” she said.
The crowd had been good natured, but as the crews tried to get back to their hotel, some drunk spectators became aggressive.
“You just had people asking if they could hold particular taonga or treasures as we like to call them and we replied by saying ‘no, because you’re intoxicated’,” says waka captain Waha Tauhara.
The crowd responded by throwing bottles and fists.
Six of the women’s injuries were serious enough to need hospital treatment.
And National’s cunning plan is to replicate Party Central 20-fold, on the spur of the moment. Reckon I might stay away from the CBD come the final.
PS. I like Danyl’s hypothesis of how this came about: “Staggeringly inept, in political terms. It won’t change anything, but it means McCully owns any more issues. I suspect this is the fall-out from a pissing competition between McCully and the Council, which ended with McCully screaming, ‘Fuck you! I’m seizing the wharf!’”