First plumbed toilets, now a prefab shower block appears at the occupation site

What you need to know / Kia mōhio mai koe:

  • It is the 21st day of the occupation of Parliament and surrounding streets.
  • Seventeen protesters confirmed at Covid-19, three hospitalized.
  • The occupants continue to entrench themselves, installing the plumbing for the sewers and installing a heated prefabricated toilet block.
  • Church leader Brian Tamaki offered to act as negotiator.
  • The number of vehicles behind the blockade has decreased, but the number of campers on the grounds of Parliament remains high.
  • The occupants of Shelly Bay, another occupation of Wellington, moved away from the stages of Parliament.
  • Politicians continue to refuse to negotiate with protesters.

As the sun sets on the 21st day of the anti-mandate occupation of parliament, police say their aim is to hold down the perimeter of the protest.

Vehicles, including tractors, were barred from entering on Monday.

“While the police tried to discourage people from bringing large equipment, people were belligerent and determined enough to find entry points where they were able to bring items,” the statement said.

On the heels of a newly hooked-up comfort station, campers prepared for fall conditions with a deluxe portable shower.

A new shower block is delivered on Stout St by Colin Wightman, of Eco <a class=Cottages NZ.” style=”width:100%;display:inline-block”/>

DAVID UNWIN

A new shower block is delivered on Stout St by Colin Wightman, of Eco Cottages NZ.

The number of cars blocking the streets around Parliament appears to be diminishing, but the campsite established on Parliament’s lawn shows no signs of fading.

On Sunday, protesters built two fully functional toilets on the corner of Hill St and Molesworth St.

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Wellington City Council has confirmed that the two toilets discharge into the city’s sewage sewer system via an illegal connection. Authorities have previously warned that sewage is being discharged into storm sewers and contaminating Wellington Harbor and last week told people to stay out of the harbour.

There was evidence of further plumbing action on Monday, with Eco Cottages NZ owner Colin Wightman supplying one of his pre-built shower units, on Stout St next to the Law School. There were a few showers on site, but it’s unclear if they provide hot water.

Supporters wave flags on a makeshift treehouse on the grounds of Parliament.

DAVID UNWIN

Supporters wave flags on a makeshift treehouse on the grounds of Parliament.

Wightman expressed strong distaste for the media and skepticism of Covid-19 when approached for comment. He has previously been involved in delivering anti-vax messages to elementary school children.

It appeared protesters were planning to connect the prefabricated shower block to the water system, but the protester overseeing the installation – who also installed the toilets – did not confirm whether this would happen on Monday. The prefab appears to be able to heat water with LPG tanks and solar power.

George Block / Stuff

Stuff reporter George Block tours the occupation camp around Parliament as the protest enters its fourth week.

The occupation became increasingly unstable, while sanitary conditions in the camp continued to deteriorate.

Three occupiers opposed to the mandates have been hospitalized with the virus, and there are at least seventeen known cases of Covid-19 linked to the occupation.

A Freedoms and Rights Coalition press release, sent Monday morning, claimed that the “egos” of police and politicians were impeding progress because leaders were not meeting with Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki.

Protesters engage with police on cordons at Lambton Quay.

Ross Giblin

Protesters engage with police on cordons at Lambton Quay.

Tamaki was asked to be the chief negotiator because he had enough respect in the majority of the “freedom” community to reach an “effective and peaceful resolution”, the statement said.

“What could it really hurt politicians and police to humble themselves for an hour or two and listen to Brian Tamaki’s negotiations with protesters?

“So [Jacinda] Arden and [Police Commissioner Andrew] Coster would rather allow these protests to continue indefinitely, causing considerable inconvenience and suffering to the public and frontline police, than to put their egos aside for the greater public good.

Workers walk to their offices through cordons at Lambton Quay.

Ross Giblin

Workers walk to their offices through cordons at Lambton Quay.

Earlier, protesters clashed with police on Hill St, with a man demanding truck access to service portable toilets. Police brought in reinforcements, but left the scene as tensions mounted.

The crowd cheered as the police left.

An arrest this weekend

The protest took a turn on Saturday night when police arrested a 35-year-old man in the parliament building and charged him with incitement to violence.

A single police station in Molesworth St. Anti-warrant and pro-freedom protesters continue to demonstrate on the grounds of Parliament on the 21st day.

Ross Giblin

A single police station in Molesworth St. Anti-warrant and pro-freedom protesters continue to demonstrate on the grounds of Parliament on the 21st day.

Police issued a warning on Sunday: “The aggressive behavior of the protesters, the extremely poor sanitary conditions, the confirmed presence of Covid-19 and the number of sick people among the group create a dangerous and unpleasant environment for anyone considering joining the activity. .

“Police noted aggressive behavior among protesters and towards police. Increasingly, the main leaders of the protest groups are unable to control or influence the disparate groups within the protest.

Early morning scenes around the Liberty Camp surrounding Parliament.

Ross Giblin

Early morning scenes around the Liberty Camp surrounding Parliament.

No negotiation sign

Speaker of Parliament Trevor Mallard said on Sunday protesters’ claims that a negotiator had been appointed to help end the standoff were incorrect.

Mallard said former Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Scott Guthrie had been named negotiator, but Mallard made it clear there would be no negotiations. Politicians from across the political spectrum agreed earlier not to negotiate as long as the protest remains illegal.

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