Governments are variously expert at exaggeration and minimisation as it suits their propaganda. It’s fairly apparent from the aerial view that the riot at Waikeria was rather more than the Jacinda government pretends and that the whole place has been all but destroyed.

Even more embarrassing for Jacinda and her responsible minister, Kelvin Davis, it transpires that the Ombudsman backed the prisoners’ complaints last August, but nothing was done, hence the riot.

Topping the embarassment for them, Amnesty International Aotearoa/NZ is calling on the Minister for Corrections to face up to systemic issues in the prison system.

This must include an independent inquiry into prisons, it says.

Davis ‘must act now’

“All people, including those living and working in a prison, deserve to be treated with dignity. Any response to events must still be legal, necessary and proportionate. New Zealanders expect humane treatment for prisoners.”

Executive Director Meg de Ronde says people expect people in prison to be treated humanely.

Read more on the KIN website.