August 20, 2014
Police back in Tuhoe for more apologies
Fresh from apologising to Tuhoe last week for the Operation 8 terror raids, Police Commissioner Mike Bush will be back in Te Urewera tomorrow to join the official crown apology that is part of the tribe’s treaty settlement.
Wally Haumaha, the police manager of Maori and ethnic affairs, says in particular we will express regret for the role of the armed constabulary in the 1916 raid on prophet Rua Kenana’s Ruapohatu community.
Mr Haumaha says the commissioner has a family connection to the area, as his great great grandfather Henry Bush was a magistrate in the area in the 1890s.
"I think inside that there’s an element of spiritualism for us, lessons to be learned, and for us as Maori we do look at time as perhaps the healer, we forgive but we don’t forget. The position we have reached at this time is we are now ready to move on," he says.
Commissioner Bush is keen to foster a continuing relationship between Tuhoe and the police including bringjng Tuhoe rangatahi down to Wellington to stay at the police college and raising funds for community activities.
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