March 18, 2019
White extremists hide in shadows
One of the first people arrested in New Zealand on a terrorist-related charge says people like the alleged Christchurch mosque shooter are always there hiding in the shadows.
Tame Iti was eventually jailed on arms charges relating to training camps he ran in Te Urewera.
Tame Iti, who this week is activist in residence at Massey University's CARE centre for a Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation, says at the time people were questioning the extreme focus of the police on those activities while white supremacist groups carrying out arms training in the South Island were ignored.
He says Christchurch was the first place he lived after leaving Ruatoki, and the kind of racist attitudes he encountered then are still around.
"Yeah, funny that young man from Australia used that place for his first action. It's terrible but I'm not surprised. I'm assuming he's not alone with what he's thinking. They are all hiding in the shadows and guys like him have been around a long time and they're still around," Mr Iti says.
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