Petition launched calling on Police to re-open ‘Roast Busters’ investigation

By Te Ao Māori News

Community group ActionStation have launched a petition calling for Police to re-open their investigation into the 'Roast Busters' case..

This follows the IPCA’s second report into police handling of the ‘Roast Busters’ cases which highlighted a number of failings in the initial investigation.

According to a statement from ActionStation, it represents over 30,000 New Zealanders, and is launching the petition with the goal of helping the victims who came forward find justice.

National Director, Marianne Elliot says “The young women and girls who spoke to Police were told no charges could be laid until one of them was ‘brave enough’ to go to court, but now we know that may not be the case, and our members think these survivors are owed a better process.”

In a press conference yesterday Police Commissioner Mike Bush said, “I unreservedly apologise to those people, that’s why I sit here as the Commissioner, that we accept that our investigation fell short.”

The petition will run for three weeks, after which it will be delivered to Police Commissioner Mike Bush and Police Minister Michael Woodhouse.

Elliot says “This is a case that shocked the nation. Now we know for sure that Police missed potential ways to prosecute the alleged offenders, we think kiwis who care about justice for these young women will help pressure Police to do the right thing.”