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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...

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...

Police Commissioner Mike Bush will visit the homes of eirht Tuhoe families to personaly apologise for mistakes for police made during the Urewera raids - almost seven years after they...

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