Hone Harawira was in Dunedin last night, the anniversary of the Tuhoe raids, to address more than 100 people at a Mana Party event. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
It is important to remember the Tuhoe raids each year because
what happened then is continuing to happen, as the Government
spreads its tentacles ever further into everyone's lives,
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says.
Mr Harawira was in Dunedin last night to mark the sixth
anniversary of the police raids in Tuhoe country, with about
170 people who gathered to watch a screening of Operation 8,
a documentary on the raids, put on by the Otepoti branch of
On October 15, 2007, armed police conducted a series of raids
around the country to apprehend an alleged terrorist network.
Seventeen people were arrested. Four were eventually
convicted on firearms charges. Most charges were dropped
following a court decision the police had illegally spied on
''Basically, six years later, nothing's changed,'' Mr
The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) was
still spying on New Zealanders and the Government was denying
wrongdoing and then passing laws to legalise what was
illegal, he said.
''The power of the State is growing all the time.''
It was important to remember the raids, because at the time a
lot of people thought maybe there was something happening
there that needed to be stopped.
Now middle-class Pakeha were upset over the GCSB spying
revelations, they could appreciate poor people had been
dealing with a high level of scrutiny for a long time, and
understand the importance of stopping it happening to
everybody, he said.