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New Zealand First leader says the police are paying the price for poor research and poor judgment around the 2007 terror raids. Police Commissioner Mike Bush was in Ruatoki today to deliver an official apology to Ngai Tuhoe and the people of Te Urewera for actions the Independent Police Conduct Authority found were unlawful, unjustified and unreasonable. In the course of a national round-up of people who had taken part in military-style...

A hunters' group and Tuhoe kaumatua have agreed a herd of deer only found in Te Urewera should be given special recognition. The Deerstalkers' Association say the Rusa is unique to the area and has a high-trophy value. Both Tuhoe and the organisation have both agreed the deer should be managed by the new Game Animal Council. Chair of the Association's iwi committee, Alec McIver said their relationship with the tribe is...

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...

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...

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