Controversial MP Hone Harawira's calling for the captain of the stricken vessel the Rena to be hanged over the environmental disaster the ship has caused in the Bay of Plenty.
Around 350 tonnes of oil have spilled from the ship since its grounding on the Astrolabe Reef, off the Tauranga coast, a fortnight ago.
The ship's captain and navigation officer reappeared in Tauranga District Court on Wednesday, charged under the Maritime Act with "operating a vessel in a mannercausing unnecessary danger or risk".
The charge carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 fine or 12 months' prison and officials say more charges may follow.
Mana Party leader Mr Harawira wants a strong punishment for the Rena's captain.
"Hanging the poor bugger might sound a bit harsh, but somebody should pay," he said.
"Maybe we can send the Rena captain home with a stern warning and put [Transport Minister] Steven Joyce up on the gallows in his place."
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
A Capital idea from Hone
Which political party in New Zealand advocates capital punishment? Surprisingly, it would seem to be the Mana Party; 3News reports: