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Police commissioner Mike Bush has personally apologised to six families affected by the 2007 Urewera police raids. The visits to their homes in Ruatoki over the weekend preceded what will be a formal public apology to Tuhoe, in line with an agreed settlement that has been negotiated with the iwi. Tame Iti, one of the 17 people arrested during Operation 8 for allegedly taking part in what the prosecution said were military-style training camps,...

A personal apology from Police Commissioner Mike Bush to the families affected by the Urewera 'terror raids' has been welcomed by the Tuhoe community, says their chairman. Tamati Kruger says the apology that was delivered yesterday went a long way into helping those deeply affected by the 2007 raids. Mr Kruger says he was pleased with the way the Police Commissioner had handled the apology and by keeping it low-key preserved...

A tribe in the Ohope area of Bay of Plenty says an assurance by the Treaty Negotiations Minister over the Tuhoe settlement legislation doesn't fix the problem it has with the legal document. Chris Finlayson told Parliament that the passing of the legislation won't stop iwi and hapu groups, which also have an interest in Te Urewera, from having their claims settled. Te Upokorehe iwi has argued its territory is being included in the...

Tuhoe people targeted in the 2007 Urewera police raids say an apology by Police Commissioner Mike Bush, though overdue, is a positive step towards reconciliation. Last year the Independent Police Conduct Authority found the armed raids and roadblocks were unlawful and unreasonable. On Sunday the commissioner visited those affected and apologised to several families, including that of veteran activist Tame Iti, who served 30 months on firearms...

Sorry goes a long way

28 July 2014

Nearly seven years after armed police raided his community and arrested him for his involvement with alleged military-style camps, Tame Iti says he bears no ill-will and it's time to move...

Sorry not for everyone

28 July 2014

Tuhoe leader Tamati Kruger says many in the iwi will never accept an apology from the police. Police commissioner Mike Bush has been in Ruatoki meeting families caught up in the raids seven years ago. A formal ceremony to apologise to the whole tribe is being organised for next month. Among those visited was activist Tame Iti, who served a 30 month sentence on weapons charges arising out of the investigation into alleged military-style...

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