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Tūhoe children who were caught up in the 2007 police terror raids in Ruatoki have been welcomed to Wellington. NZ Police and Te Uru Taumatua o Tūhoe organised the trip in an attempt to regain the community’s, and its children’s, trust. But some have spoken out against the trip, believing police should have been made to go to the children...

Iti totally free at last

31 October 2014

Nineteen months after he was released from prison, Tame Iti is finally free. Mr Iti's parole period ended on Tuesday. His final required visit to the probabtion service occured last week. His new-found freedom was marked with a cup tea and a slice of chocolate cake at Te Kura Whare, the Tūhoe headquarters, on...

Police have said sorry for the raids on the Tuhoe people in 2007 but there will be no ministerial apology for what happened. Yesterday, Police Commissioner Mike Bush apologised for police actions while raiding the Taneatua and Ruatoki communities nearly seven years ago. Speaking at Te Rewarewa marae in Ruatoki, Mr Bush said the operation, during which armed police detained a number of people in the small Eastern Bay of Plenty communities on...

Community member Hans Tiakiwa gauges the mood in Ruatoki ahead of a formal police...

The Police Commissioner has been welcomed on to a marae to deliver a historic...

Today's apology is an admittance by Police that the raid carried out in Ruātoki seven years ago was wrong. The police commissioner and a contingent of officers officially apologised to the people of Tūhoe in the small rural community of Ruātoki. On the morning of October 15 around 300 police, including the Armed Offenders Squad and Special Tactics Unit raided the sedate settlement of Ruātoki. They searched cars, homes and school...

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