Thousands join rallies for Moko

Thousands around the North Island marched for Moko yesterday. Photo / Nick Reed
Thousands around the North Island marched for Moko yesterday. Photo / Nick Reed

In just over a month, more than 1300 people in Hawke's Bay will be following in the footsteps of those who marched for Moko Rangitoheriri yesterday.

Thousands marched against child abuse in at least six cities yesterday including Lower Hutt, Auckland, and Hamilton. Dubbed "I will march for Moko", the events arose from an upwelling of public horror at the abuse and death of 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri.

His caregivers, David Haewera and Tania Shailer, pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.

Similar marches dubbed "Justice for Moko" will be held around the country, on Monday, June 27 - the day Haewera and Shailer will be sentenced.

On the "Justice for Moko" Facebook page, more than 12,000 people have shown their support in participating in the rallies, which will begin at 9am in front of court houses in 22 locations around the country.

On Facebook, over 1300 people have indicated their interest in marching from Napier High Court and Hastings District Court.

Organisers said at the Napier march there would also be a petition to change the plea bargain laws to prevent something similar happening again.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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