24 Oct 2014

Call for security for MP offices

2:42 pm on 24 October 2014

Mana leader Hone Harawira is surprised Parliament's security has been tightened following the shootings in Canada, given nothing happened after his electorate office was shot at in June.

The outside of Parliament

Parliament buildings Photo: RNZ / Philippa Tolley

Extra security measures have been temporarily put in place at the Beehive following Thursday's shooting at Canada's parliament building.

Entry points have been restricted to two doors - one on Bowen Street and another at the main entrance to the Beehive. A review of security will also take place.

Mr Harawira said that response is in contrast to the complete lack of action he experienced after several shots were fired at his empty office in Kaitaia one night in June.

He said no one from Parliamentary Security came to see him or his office, and the police spoke to him for the first time this week.

"When somebody takes a shot at your office I would have thought there should have been an immediate and active and positive response. That was a major failing in what happened in my situation."

Mr Harawira said any review of Parliament's security should extend to cover MPs' electorate offices.

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