Photo posted by Tama Iti via Twitter
Police Commissioner Mike Bush is in Ruatoki today to
apologise to families affected by thee 2007 police raids.
The Herald understands the commissioner has visited at least
three families this morning including that of Tame Iti.
The veteran activist, who served 30 months on firearms
offences following the raids, posted two pictures on Twitter
of himself with Mr Bush during the visit – one of the pair
drinking from mugs.
He wrote: "Mike Bush listened to our hurt, looked us in the
eye and apologised for how the police handled raids. We feel
Yesterday, he said: "It's been a big week for Tuhoe. Tomorrow
the police commissioner comes to my house to apologise to my
whanau. Pretty big week alright."
A statement from the police commissioners office received by
the Herald on Friday said he would be visiting affected
families before the end of the month.
It said police wouldn't be commenting prior to the conclusion
of those meetings.
The raids in the Urewera mountain range near Ruatoki resulted
in the arrest of 17 people for allegedly participating in
military-style training camps.
The Independent Police Conduct Authority found the raid was
justified but police acted unlawfully detaining occupants of
properties. It is understood that Mr Bush will be addressing
the wider community of Taneatua and Ruatoki tomorrow.
- By James Ihaka of the NZ Herald