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Prison chaos: New Zealand’s riotous prison history | Instant News

Prison reform groups and prison supporters called it a protest. The authorities are more likely to call it a riot.

Either way, this week’s chaos is on Waikeria Prison is the longest-running and most destructive showdown in New Zealand prisons for decades.

The Waikeria disturbance dwarfed the 2013 Spring Hill riots, when inmates drunk on home-brew ran rampant and burned but controlled within nine hours.

Over generations, riots and protests broke out in New Zealand prisons for a variety of reasons.

Despite the widespread damage, the deadlock in Waikeria was resolved by negotiation.

In the past, prison rebellions were sometimes only suppressed by extreme violence.


Japanese prisoners of war (above) gardening at Camp Featherston under the supervision of NZ Army guards, dated 1943-1945.
Japanese prisoners of war (above) gardening at Camp Featherston under the supervision of NZ Army guards, dated 1943-1945.

Over the years, confrontation and carnage in a camp near the quiet town of South Wairarapa is one of New Zealand’s darkest secrets.

After the Allied victory at Guadalcanal, Japanese prisoners of war (POW) were taken from the Solomon Islands to New Zealand.

That camping in Featherston held hundreds of prisoners of war.

In February 1943, several Japanese prisoners of war went on strike. The unruly inmates threw stones and then reportedly ran off the guards.

The guards opened fire, killing 31 prisoners in about 30 seconds. 17 other prisoners died later from their wounds, and one guard died.

According to NZ Geographic, many government agencies edited the first report, fearing Japanese retaliation against the Commonwealth POWs.

A military court of inquiry found that the shooting was unavoidable.

Some court details and many other official records were withheld under an embargo for 50 years.

MT EDEN, 1965

Mount Eden is a place where it doesn’t work an escape attempt in July 1965.

Daniel MacMillan and Godfrey Jonassen Sadaraka planned the vacation.

“Their plan was simple and involved a gun, locks and brute force,” the crime writer and sociologist Jarrod Gilbert wrote in the Herald.

“The two men freed the other inmates with improvised keys and iron bars.”

The central Auckland Prison, which was currently housing inmates serving sentences for violent crimes, burst into flames and chaos.

“Violent rioting” destroyed the interior but failed to permanently close the prison, wrote author Mark Derby Rock College: The unofficial history of the Mount Eden Prison.

The rioting continued for 33 hours, causing severe damage.

“Lines of armed police, guards and troops stand guard around the prison in hastily mounted spotlights,” explained the 1966 Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

After the police and prison authorities took control, some of the disorderly inmates were transferred to Christchurch.

It proved to be far from ideal for a South Island city.


Mt Eden Prison in the 1960's.  Several unwanted rioters from the Auckland prison were sent to Christchurch, where their penchant for protesting soon became clear to the Cantabrian guards.  Photo / Provided
Mt Eden Prison in the 1960’s. Several unwanted rioters from the Auckland prison were sent to Christchurch, where their penchant for protesting soon became clear to the Cantabrian guards. Photo / Provided

Within a week, new arrivals were driven from Mount Eden sparking riots in Paparua in Christchurch.

Chaos broke out during chapel service and six guards were injured.

Immediately after, flames lit up on the east wing of the prison.

“Firefighters trying to control the blaze were confronted with a barrage of cutlery, bottles, bricks and furniture,” said a British journalist at Movietone-AP at the time.

Tear gas was used to suppress riots.

By the time the rioting was stopped, more than 40 wardens and police were lightly injured, said Encyclopedia New Zealand.


Aerial view of Rimutaka Prison, where rioters caused $ 410,000 worth of damage in the 2007 upheaval. File photo / Mark Mitchell
Aerial view of Rimutaka Prison, where rioters caused $ 410,000 worth of damage in the 2007 upheaval. File photo / Mark Mitchell

North Wellington, Rimutaka Prison staggered from scandal to scandal in 2007.

The Herald describes the catastrophic cascade of the time. In March of that year, 11 staff were withdrawn pending a corruption and smuggling investigation.

That same month, a senior manager was given special leave due to a claim of mismanagement.

Convicted rapist Peter Mana McNamara somehow managed to father a son while serving seven years in prison.

In April, young men affiliated with rival gangs Black Power and Mongrel Mob rioted, reportedly causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

The following month, inmates took over part of the juvenile offender unit, leaving the entire prison locked up.

The NZPA reports that about 15 inmates climbed onto the roof and stayed there for more than five hours before being coaxed down.

The riot damage cost $ 410,000, according to the NZPA report.

A parole board source on Sunday said Rimutaka had carried out reforms and was now considered one of the country’s best prisons and most effective in rehabilitation.


The Ngawha Prison near Kaikohe was the scene of riots in 2012. But the disturbance was insignificant when compared to the chaos of Waikeria.  Photo / Dean Purcell
The Ngawha Prison near Kaikohe was the scene of riots in 2012. But the disturbance was insignificant when compared to the chaos of Waikeria. Photo / Dean Purcell

At Northland Regional Prison near Kaikohe, riot squads were deployed after inmates damaged cells and started a fire.

The entire prison, known as Ngawha, was locked.

The riots erupted a month after a confrontation between guards and inmates that left an officer hospitalized with minor injuries after being hit to the head.

However, the disturbance only lasted about an hour.

The Herald at the time reported Correction staff from Auckland being sent to the prison, including highly trained members of the control and restraint unit.

Mac Anania’s parents later told RNZ that prisoners were responsible for the riot.

He said prison prisoners were often restless because they were smokers who suddenly found themselves in prison turning cold turkeys.


Emergency services try to extinguish fires during riots at Spring Hill Waikato Prison in June 2013.Photo / Doug Sherring
Emergency services try to extinguish fires during riots at Spring Hill Waikato Prison in June 2013.Photo / Doug Sherring

In the winter of 2013, several inmates got drunk on homebrew and lit a fire at the Spring Hill prison near Hampton Downs, between Hamilton and Auckland.

As news of the fiery rebellion spread to other prisons, inmates with maximum security Paremoremo jammed the gates and tried to start a fire.

But serious disruption only occurs in Spring Hill.

And unlike this week’s Waikeria chaos, the disruption on Spring Hill was brought under control in less than half a day.

In a post-riot review, Correction said the Spring Hill disturbance was the biggest and most damaging case of “mutual indiscipline” in any prison in the 21st century.

And an investigation finds parts of the prison management team are divided and malfunctioning.

The Spring Hill Riot caused $ 10 million in damage.

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Numbers in Victoria are increasing, new clusters in Sydney are spreading | Instant News

Australia’s coronavirus record broke with 16 new cases today, 10 in NSW and 6 in Victoria.

Ten cases of the new virus have been revealed in New South Wales, with five linked to the northern coast cluster.

Three are linked to a new outbreak developing in Croydon after several members of the same family tested positive yesterday, sparking fears of the virus spreading across Greater Sydney.

“One is a link to the transport worker cluster that we have previously discussed and another is under investigation,” said NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian.

“It’s possible it’s an old case or a false positive but serologists are looking at that.”

Meanwhile, Victoria has recorded six new cases, with the state returning to harsh restrictions within hours in a bid to stop the spread.

Authorities in both states have appealed to the public to avoid New Year’s celebrations tonight amid fears that it could lead to a “supersebar” event, and have urged the public to take the current threat seriously and follow public health advice.

The virus continues to spread throughout Sydney.  Photo / News Corp Australia
The virus continues to spread throughout Sydney. Photo / News Corp Australia

In response to the outbreak, Sydneysiders, and those in the Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong, were only allowed five visitors for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard lashed out at comments made by Australian WA Medical Association president Dr Andrew Miller who said NSW was no longer the gold standard and the lockdown “won’t go very far”.

“If the president (WA) of the AMA has any particular views, I leave it to him in WA. He must be an instant expert on what is happening here in NSW,” he said.

“I am delighted to continue working with our health authorities who have done an extraordinary job.”

There were 18 cases yesterday, with nine of them linked to the north coast outbreak.

Croydon group

NSW Health is still unclear about the origins of the Croydon cluster, but Dr Kerry Chant said he expects the results this afternoon.

Sharing more details about the Croydon cluster, Dr Chant said members in the three households associated with the original cluster had attended “a number of events” that took place between Christmas and Boxing Day.

These cases also exist in the community even though they are unwittingly contagious, although it is still “too early” to know whether transmission has occurred as a result of this.

A man receives a Covid-19 test at a drive-thru testing station on a beach in Sydney.  Photo / AP
A man receives a Covid-19 test at a drive-thru testing station on a beach in Sydney. Photo / AP

“So that means, and I’m very sorry for this, but your New Year’s Eve plans must change,” he said.

Dr Chant continued to emphasize the importance of testing and appealed to NSW residents not to attend meetings of any kind if symptomatic.

“Please may I submit a request not to attend family events, family gatherings, New Year’s Eve gatherings, going in and out, if you have symptoms,” he said.

“I think we want everyone to see a much brighter 2021 and we have hope on the horizon when it comes to vaccines.

“We all have a role to play. So thank you for following that advice.”

Victoria’s case is on the rise

Three additional cases of Covid-19 have been found in the community in Victoria to bring the total number to six, Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allen said today.

He said three additional cases were found through contact tracing after three positive cases were found in Victoria yesterday.

The first three cases were linked by a Thai restaurant in Black Rock that was also linked to a traveler returning from NSW, Health Minister Martin Foley said.

“In less than 24 hours, the cross between Mitcham and Hallam and the Mentone people has become a facility in Black Rock, and a direct link to travelers returning from NSW,” he said.

“Now that we have a connection with the NSW outbreak here in Victoria, we are responding very, very quickly to get it out.”

Three additional cases today were linked to the cluster and were found through contact tracing, he said.

Anyone who visited the Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant on December 21 was urged to get tested immediately.

The latest virus figures from NSW have been revealed.  Photo / News Corp Australia
The latest virus figures from NSW have been revealed. Photo / News Corp Australia

The first three cases came from the Melbourne suburbs of Mitcham, Hallam and Mentone – all of whom visited the same place in Black Rock.

Victoria’s Covid-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said the state was “deploying our full outbreak approach”.

“We’ve been in this position before,” he said.

“Extensive contact tracing is being carried out and as a result there are currently more than 40 close primary contacts supported for immediate isolation.”

He said the three positive cases were self-isolating at home.

They are two women in their 40s and a woman in their 70s.

Five locations have been designated as high risk, having been visited by people who tested positive for COVID-19 while potentially transmitting:

• Black Rock: Smile Buffalo Thai Restaurant on December 21st

• Doveton: Holy Family Parish Catholic Church of Doveton on December 26 between 4pm and 6pm

• Fountain Gate Shopping Mall: Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts, Lacoste on December 26 between 9am and 11am

• Mentone: Mentone / Parkdale Beach on December 27 between 10am and 4.30pm

• Glen Waverley: Century City Walk and Mocha Jo’s on December 28 between 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM

• Oakleigh: Katialo Restaurant, Eaton Mall on December 28 between 19:00 and 20:15

Victoria also imposed new border restrictions yesterday.

Anyone who has entered or visited the Blue Mountains or Wollongong region from December 27 has until 11:59 a.m. on New Year’s Eve to go to Victoria.

No one who has visited this area will be able to enter Victoria after 31 December.

A husband and wife walk along the waterline on Christmas Day at Sydney's Bondi Beach.  Photo / AP
A husband and wife walk along the waterline on Christmas Day at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Photo / AP

Anyone wishing to return to Victoria from this area before midnight must apply for a new travel permit through Service Victoria, must undergo a test within 24 hours of returning to Victoria, and must self-quarantine at home for 14 days from the last time they left the region. . .

It follows a woman who tested positive last week after returning from a trip to Sydney’s north coast, Covid-19 epicenter.

Another positive case of Covid-19 in Victoria recorded in the last two months has come from travelers returning to hotel quarantine.

Restrictions in Victoria

Masks will become mandatory indoors in Victoria from 5pm today outside your private residence, Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allan announced.

“If you are planning to leave the house at this time, we are asking people to bring their masks, we are now asking them to wear masks if they are indoors in any location that is not their private home,” he said.

The limit of people gathering in private homes will also be reduced, from 30 to 15.

The limit for indoor meetings will also take effect from 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Allan said.

“If you’re planning a party tonight, you need to reduce your numbers from 30 to 15,” he said.

“We apologize to those who have made plans, who want to hold the event in their home, or at someone else’s house, but this is a necessary step.

Unfortunately, what we know as this virus, the virus is difficult to run, it does not end at midnight.

No changes to outdoor gatherings, hospitality venues and shops were announced.

Melbourne residents have previously been advised not to travel to the city for New Year’s Eve unless they have a booking.


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Cricket Australia supports the SCG Test bubble to keep players safe amid the COVID-19 outbreak, with strict measures in place for Brisbane | Instant News

Cricket Australia said its plans to play a third Test against India at the watertight Sydney Cricket Ground and the final series in Brisbane would not be threatened by Sydney’s escalation of COVID-19 cases.

Officials on Tuesday night were locked in the historic grounds for the January 7 Test, but only after a week of high-level meetings.

Crowds of more than 22,000 people can still be allowed in despite the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney, with a capacity of 50 percent at this point considered just a baseline.

But it was only possible after an 11-hour agreement by the Queensland Government to grant an exemption to players and officials crossing closed borders for the fourth Test in Gabba.

As part of the deal, players will move from Melbourne to Sydney just days after the Test and remain in a tight bio-security bubble that will limit contact with outsiders.

On arrival in Queensland, conditions will be just as stringent, with players only allowed to leave the hotel to train or play under exemption conditions.

Players will remain in a tight biosecurity bubble that will limit contact with outsiders in Sydney.(AAP: Craig Golding)

That has sparked questions about whether a spike in Sydney cases could affect the exemptions, but Cricket Australia’s caretaker boss Nick Hockley said there was no such risk.

“That’s the reason we have our biosecurity protocol,” said Hockley.

“That’s why we put measures in place and why we are in a bubble in Sydney.

NSW had recorded single digit local case numbers for eight days before reporting 18 new cases today.

The new Inner West cluster sparked fears of an outbreak spreading from the north coast and into the greater Sydney.

Fans on the third rainy day of the SCG test
Historic SCG has been locked in to hosting the third Test.(AAP: And Himbrechts)

However, Hockley hasn’t divulged whether other possibilities exist if the exception becomes problematic.

Working in Cricket Australia’s interests at least is that they have been able to reduce the number of traveling troupes from about 100 to 30, with limited need to move broadcast crews.

The next big challenge for the organization now is the movement players can make after the Brisbane Test.

Given they will be in Sydney in the two weeks prior to the end of the Gabba Test, an exemption may be required for them to return to their home state.

Clouds loomed over Gabba
In Queensland, players will only be allowed to leave the hotel to train or play under exemption conditions.(ABC News: James Maasdorp)

Players including Matthew Wade, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and Moises Henriques could request similar exemptions to appear as marquees at the end of the BBL season.

“The players who will join the BBL, we will work to get the necessary exemptions if there are still restrictions,” said Hockley.

“We are working closely with the entire Government to make this whole summer a reality.

Singing said the masks would be distributed via public transport

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Additional health measures are available for the third Test in Sydney

New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said those attending the SCG test should wear masks when they are not seated, and remain socially distant from other customers.

“We will distribute masks on public transportation to SCG, and advise people to wear masks when they are not physically in their seats,” he told a news conference.

“We also ask people to make sure they acknowledge [rules] around shouts and chants, especially when they are not in their fixed location.

“There are a number of strategies set out in our COVID safe plan that allow movement in and out so that people are unlikely to come into contact with each other.

“And many of our larger places have fairly sophisticated movements where people are appointed to arrive at certain gates and, therefore, once again avoid the crossing.”

He insisted that any spectators who feel unwell, even slightly, should not attend cricket.

“We believe in the transport plan and the work that the Sydney Cricket Ground has done, but we are studying the plan as we speak to ensure that we can reinforce all elements,” he said.

“But, again, we urge anyone who is not well, don’t attend. Check before you go to the Test, check the place and make sure you haven’t been to any of those sites.”

Chief Federal Medical Officer Paul Kelly echoed Dr Chant’s views on the relative safety of outdoor gatherings and said it was “a wonderful thing for Sydney to do” the test.

He also praised the COVID-19 safe measures that have been flagged by NSW Health, SCG and Cricket Australia, but said he would not bring his parents, or vulnerable relatives, to SCG.

“There are crowd restrictions, masks will be provided, etc, but … there are risks,” Professor Kelly said.

“It needs to be weighed against the benefits of course. Another thing I want to say is the start date is January 7, and those nine days are very long in COVID time. So let’s see what’s happening in Sydney next week. “



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Coronavirus Australia Live News: NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian is concerned about the Croydon cluster, 18 news cases announced | Instant News

Vaccinations will not replace quarantine for overseas arrivals

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly is talking, and has touched on a topic that I’m sure a lot of people are hanging out with for updates about – travel.

When asked about similar prospects pass the vaccine, which will allow vaccinated travelers to bypass quarantine on arrival, he said this:

“Regarding the idea of ​​a vaccine passport or an immunity passport, of course it is something we are looking at very, very carefully and carefully. For now – and we will repeat it soon on our Smartraveller website – I have been discussing it with my colleagues. at the State Department about those words this morning, and no changes.

If people have been vaccinated or not, they will undergo a 14-day quarantine temporarily. Vaccines have already been launched in a number of countries – I think tomorrow will be the first person in the UK to get a second dose of vaccine, and we know that the Pfizer vaccine, although very effective, is of maximum effectiveness. does not take effect until a week after the second vaccine, which is basically a month after the first vaccine.

“So we have time to consider this matter, but for now, vaccination will not be an alternative to the 14 day quarantine, and the decision will also have to think carefully over the coming months of how it will be handled. “


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Coronavirus Australia Live News: Gladys Berejiklian says Greater Sydney and NSW’s COVID-19 risk is ‘almost as high’ on the northern coast | Instant News

Likewise with Queensland, apparently as long as they lived on “green zone” – every where outside of Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and the Northern Beaches – To 14 days before they enter Victoria, they can enter without quarantine.

The DHHS code says: “People who live in or have visited Greater Sydney, Central Coast and North Coast areas since 11 December 2020 or within the last 14 days (whichever is longer), unable to enter Victoria. “

Applications for permits will ask where they have been in the last 14 days – if their answer is “I’m only in the green zone”, they will be able to get permission. However, as before, if your parents have symptoms, or have been on the NSW Health watchlist, they should do so tested before going anywhere. They may also need proof that they have never been in the Red Zone or Hot Zone (order receipts and the like).

My colleagues in Victoria are calling their Health Department to double check, so stay tuned.


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