Green MP Metiria Turei has been a staunch supporter of the Save Happy Valley Coalition.
As Green Party conservation spokesman Turei has spoken on behalf of the organisation at public meetings and has trekked into Happy Valley to support the troops.
At one stage Maureen Howard, Metiria Turei’s Outreach Coordinator was Dunedin contact for SHVC.
Ms Turei has even extended her support to asking parliamentary questions for SHVC.
SHVC has committed several illegal acts in Happy Valley, costing state owned Solid Energy many millions of dollars.
To counter this criminal behaviour Solid energy has called in police and a private security company Thompson&Clark.
Metiria Turei has used her Parliamentary position to ask questions on police operational matters and Thompson&Clark for the benefit of SHVC.
11321 (2005). Metiria Turei to the Minister of Police
How many police officers were in attendance in the vicinity of Denniston, near Westport, to collect the names and addresses of Save Happy Valley supporters and others returning from the upper Waimangaroa Valley on Sunday 20 November?
11322 (2005). Metiria Turei to the Minister of Police
How many police officers in attendance in the vicinity of Denniston, near Westport, to collect the names and addresses of Save Happy Valley supporters and others returning from the upper Waimangaroa Valley on Sunday 20 November came from stations outside of Westport and from which stations did they come?
3670 (2006). Metiria Turei to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises
Does he have a copy, or has he ever had or seen a copy, of any Thompson and Clark reports provided to Solid Energy on the activities of the Save Happy Valley group members?
Ms Turei’s affinity for SHVC may extend beyond her conservation brief. She comes from an anarchist background and SHVC is largely anarchist run.
No fewer than five SHVC activists, all anarchists, were arrested in the October 15th 2007, anti terror swoops. All face firearms charges.
At least one other SHVC activist is believed to have attended a “quasi-military” training camp in the Urewera Mountains but was not arrested.
If the five are convicted it will further prove that Solid Energy was right to put SHVC under surveillance.
It will also confirm what some have long suspected-that SHVC can properly be classified as an “eco-terrorists” organisation.
Should Metiria Turei be using her Parliamentary position to help these people?
Surely an MP’s job is to uphold the law, not assist those intent on breaking it?