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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...

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...

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...

It has been an emotional day for a number of Ruātoki families who were raided by police on the early morning of October 15 2007.  Police Commissioner Mike Bush has personally apologised to some of those families for the mistakes police made during the Tūhoe raids. According to Ngāi Tūhoe descendant, Kathleen Taipeti, “It still hurts, we hardly talk about because we always break down when we talk about it.” In...

The police commissioner has personally apologised to six families affected by the 2007 Urewera police raids and confirmed today that a settlement had been reached with Tuhoe iwi over the operation. Mike Bush made the trip to Ruatoki in the Bay of Plenty to meet with six families, including Tame Iti and his whanau. He is expected to also address the wider community of Taneatua and Ruatoki. In a statement, Mr Bush said: "I have apologised...

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has assured Parliament that the passing of the Tuhoe settlement legislation on Thursday won't stop iwi and hapu groups who also have an interest in Te Urewera, from having their claims settled. Chris Finlayson. Photo: RNZ Te Urewera National Park will become a new legal entity and will be governed by a board of Tuhoe and Crown appointees. The Crown also acknowledged Tuhoe...

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