UNITE Hires Urewera 17 Arrestees

Matt McCarten’s radical UNITE union has gone beyond hiring organisers almost exclusively from the Worker’s Party and Socialist Aotearoa.

Not content with Marxist-Leninists, McCarten has hired two anarchists, both arrested in the October 2007 police anti-terror raids to organise UNITE’s mainly youthful membership.


Omar Hamed, is an organiser for Call Centres and Northland. Previously Hamed was International Affairs officer for the Auckland University Students Association and a founder of Auckland Radical Youth. Omar Hamed has also been active in the ultra-radical Students for Justice in Palestine and was one of several Save Happy Valley Coalition activists arrested for participating in “quasi-military” training camps in the Urewera Mountains.

Hamed still faces charges under the Arms Act including possession of a rifle, possession of a firearm, possession of a pistol, possession of a sawn-off shotgun, possession of restricted weapons -ie a molotov cocktail.


Marama Mayrick is the regional organiser for Waikato and Bay of Plenty. She is responsible for fast foods, cinemas and call centres in that region.

Ms Mayrick comes from a Bay of Plenty activist family closely linked to alleged Urewera 17 leader Tame Iti. After involvement in the Wellington anarchist scene, Mayrick travelled with fellow arrestee Emily Bailey to Zapatista rebel held areas in Chiapas Mexico and to Brazil to meet the Marxist oriented Landless Worker’s Movement, which specialises in illegal peasant occupations of large estates

Mayrick originally faced 13 charges under the Arms Act including possession of a pistol, possession of a firearm, possession of a rifle and possession of a restricted weapon – molotov cocktail, but was discharged on all counts at the Auckland District Court on October 17, 2008.

Why does Matt McCarten believe that Omar Hamed and Marama Mayrick are suitable “organisers” for teen-age staff members at McDonalds, KFC or Burger King?

Would you want Omar and Marama prosletyzing your sons and daughters?

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13 thoughts on “UNITE Hires Urewera 17 Arrestees

  1. Please remove the image of Omar Hamed. As the photographer I retain the right to choose how and where my images are used.

    As indymedia has changed software I am unable to change the license which applied to that image when I uploaded it to that site.

    It is however still viewable at this site http://www.flickr.com/photos/12492550@N03/sets/72157617537976882/ where the copyright license is visible.

    If you want to confirm this is the photographer please email resistancephotography at gmail.com and I will confirm I do hold the rights to this image.

  2. "Would you want Omar and Marama prosletyzing your sons and daughters?"

    I would be offended if there didn't. The point here is that they are both talented organisers who do a damn good job, anything else is unimportant.

  3. yep. i do. they are good people who i know personally and vouch for and believe they will have a very good influence on my future sons and daughters.

  4. "Omar Paliturd is a lying self-aggrandising cunt.

    Ah, that felt so good."

    I imagine this was written by either a boss who enjoyed the ability to use and abuse his/her staff until omar began organising them. Either way your opinion means nothing to anyone except yourself

  5. Sorry to disappoint you, but I am not a boss nor do I have any stuff to abuse and even if I did, they wouldn't need organising like a herd of animals because I wouldn't hire a bunch of unproductive leftards who whine about The Banksters taking all their money and need mummy to dress them in the morning.

  6. LOLOLOL

    Apparently opposing union thuggery is akin to Nazism now. Sweet Godwins, bro. You've outdone yourself.

  7. Hahaha, oh wow, nice Godwins there, bro. You butthurt because I dare oppose union thuggery? Ah well. That's your average leftard, I suppose. Kindly leave, the adults are talking here.

  8. Wow. Unite is the union at my workplace, and I am very glad I have never become a member. No way would I want to be paying the wages of these types of people.

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