Man charged over death threat against Bridges and family

Very sad to see this sort of threat against any politician, and more so when also made against family.

NZ Herald: Kawerau man appears in Whakatāne District Court and charged with social media threat to kill Simon Bridges and family

A Kawerau man has been arrested after allegedly posting a social media threat against National Party leader Simon Bridges.

He appeared in the Whakatāne District Court today charged with threatening to kill, or cause grievous bodily harm, to Bridges and his family. He was released on bail, with conditions that he not use social media and not enter Tauranga where Bridges lives, and will reappear in court next month.

The Herald understands the alleged threat was made in a Facebook post or message to the MP for Tauranga (and his family).

It’s very easy for people to make threats online, but it’s a very serious matter no matter who the target of the threat.

I think the arrested man is lucky not to be under a greater degree of lockdown, more commonly referred to as lockup.

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  1. Duker

     /  23rd April 2020

    Bridges seems to be making unfounded claims too and just raises every thing that comes into his head …you wouldnt think he was a ‘hardened prosecutor’ and was the Inquisitor- general on behalf of all kiwis.
    No someone couldnt get his milk because the store was closed.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/121209651/coronovirus-police-refute-simon-bridges—no-gang-members-at-maket-checkpoint

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    • Corky

       /  23rd April 2020

      Don’t deflect. No wonder you are quoted at the BDF.

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      • Duker

         /  23rd April 2020

        So the handling of virus actions only goes one way….
        And the inquisator general can’t be put on the rack as well.?? They can quote me!
        Next step is an auto-da-Fe of Bridges with the kindling placed by his colleagues

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        • Corky

           /  23rd April 2020

          Who has Bridges threatened with death? I already have a mental image of this person and who they vote for.

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    • Gezza

       /  23rd April 2020

      How come some folk get allowed to have 80 people managing “checkpoints” which is not to be breaching their bubble, & the fuzz are quite happy with their doing so, while other kiwis are getting stopped, interrogated & in some cases prosecuted by the cops for breaching theirs?

      That’s the question Bridges should be asking the top cop. Is he too thick, too pc, or too scared?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  23rd April 2020

        Write him a letter and ask, then get back to us, G.

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      • artcroft

         /  23rd April 2020

        Why don’t you report on this is a question for the media to answer as well.

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        • Gezza

           /  23rd April 2020

          The msm have reported on it, that Herald article does so, for example. Hone’s “checkpoints” & one or two others in other parts of the NI have been reported on, at least by Stuff.co. And so has 1News.

          But you’re right. They simply report that these checkpoints have been operating, & include maybe some quotes or video interview clips from those in the local community who instigate and/or staff and/or support them.

          None of them has questioned why are the allowing the operation of a double standard for local iwi.

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          • Gezza

             /  23rd April 2020

            *why are the police allowing etc

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          • Duker

             /  23rd April 2020

            Civil defence State of Emergency actions can happen at a local level…at these remote places where basic medical care is often distance away who are you with ‘your to the manor born attitude’ who look down on these Hicks who want to protect their community…when you only concerns are some bloody btuis

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  23rd April 2020

              I thought the community was protected by staying at home? Last time I passed the Waitangi front line in Paihia there was a bunch of people sitting together there who certainly weren’t 2m or even 20cm apart either. Looked like a publicity stunt.

            • Duker

               /  23rd April 2020

              Isn’t your supermarket in Russell…oh that’s right you went out of your way so you could judge others

            • Gezza

               /  23rd April 2020

              Well, my first point is that I don’t have a “to the manor born” attitude. Typical Taranaki Pakeha Kiwi with no airs & graces. Lucky to scrape in to get UE. Worked long & hard for what I’ve got. Not to say I don’t enjoy play-acting parts sometimes, which I do for comedic effect. Most posters here get that because most of them have a sense of humour. i

              You should get a clue I’ve no “manor born” attitude from the fact that I’ve been able to quit the rat race early as my needs & pleasures are so simple & cheap, & life is too short to spend it doing something you don’t enjoy if you don’t have to.

              2nd point is I like all animals, & most people – I just like observing creatures, & getting to know & relate to them, including the human ape. I keep a close eye out for gorillas who have dominating & aggressive tendencies & wonder why they’re like that.

              Last point is that’s a good observation about CDSOE actions, but yet nobody has raised the question, & had that answer from the police. Why not?

            • Duker

               /  23rd April 2020

              That’s because when it’s pakeha doing it at those wealthy coastal enclaves on the Coromandel no questions are asked but when it’s Maori communities it’s a switch to how dare they.
              And yes questions have been asked and answered….Google it..if it’s not beneath you , just as you sneer at me for doing so. Go figure.

            • Gezza

               /  23rd April 2020

              Not aware of any wealthy Pakeha doing it on the Cormomandel but if the police drop by their checkpoints & are ok with that too, it’s still a puzzle why some unofficial groups can do this & others get a bollocking from the PM down.

              It’s not beneath me to Google it; it’s just that I don’t believe you without a
              some links & won’t waste a lot of time looking for something that may not be there. I don’t recall this being said by police in any of the articles I’ve read about them.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  24th April 2020

              Actually I went out of my way for an entirely different reason and merely observed said posturing with wry amusement as I passed by.

              As I do yours, Duker.

      • Gezza

         /  24th April 2020

        Channel surfing last nite around 11 pm I stumbled across the irritating motormouth Paul Henry in his new time slot. He always reminds me of a chipmunk for some reason.

        Anyway, whatever, I stayed on the channel for a few minutes because he was saying that after the ad break he would be explaining the reason the Police were failing to take any action against the “citizen roadblocks” that have been established in various places in the country, mentioning Hone Harawira in particular.

        I was hoping he might perhaps have a guest or a statement from the police, but when he came back on it was just a typical Paul Henry Pronouncement: They’re too scared to !

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  2. Gezza

     /  23rd April 2020

    Interesting.

    New Zealanders overwhelmingly back the Government’s strict lockdown measures, a new poll suggests.

    A full 87 per cent of New Zealanders approve of how the Government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, with only eight per cent disapproving.

    The poll was conducted over April 20-21 by Colmar Brunton, after the Government announced the move to level 3 lockdown next week.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/121231591/coronavirus-the-governments-covid19-lockdown-measures-have-overwhelming-public-support-according-to-a-poll

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