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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...

The family of Rameka Teepa who were raided by police during Operation 8, seven years ago in Rūātoki, is one of the families that will not accept the personal apology by the NZ Police Commissioner. The commissioner was in Rūātoki yesterday to make peace and apologise to a number of families. The whānau of Rameka Teepa continue to mourn their loss and say the apology from police brings back bad memories. According to Rameka Tuhaka 'The...

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...

The son of Tuhoe activist Tame Iti says a weight has been lifted off the iwi after an apology by the Police Commissioner Mike Bush. On Sunday the commissioner visited several families affected by the 2007 Te Urewera raids, including Tame Iti. Wairere Iti, whose home was also raided, received an apology from Mr Bush, who he said was very sincere. Mr Iti said he was left with the feeling that the matter had been resolved and Tuhoe could...

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...

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