September 12, 2018
Senior Māori defend Haumaha mahi
Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi says she is heartened by the hearing senior Māori got from the inquiry into the appointment of the police deputy commissioner.
Senior lawyer Mary Scholtens QC is looking at whether those who appointed Wally Haumaha should have been made aware of comments he allegedly made 14 years ago about colleagues.
Dame Iritanga says she along with leaders like Ngāi Tahu’s Sir Mark Solomon, New Zealand Māori Council chair Sir Taihakurei Edward Durie and Titewhai Harawira told the inquiry about Mr Haumaha’s efforts to change police culture and make it more responsive to Māori.
"It’s about the police service and how they want to add value to what they are doing. That was the objective, to acknowledge what happens for Māori is good for the nation," she says.
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