October 18, 2022
Doco keeps Tuhoe Raids memory alive
The maker of an award-winning 2015 documentary about the Tuhoe raids says it’s important to show the next generation there are two sides to every story.
It’s 15 years this week since armed police raided a number of sites to round up people involved in what they originally alleged were terrorist training camps in Te Urewera led by Tuhoe activist Tame Iti.
Of the 18 people arrested, just four including Mr Iti were eventually tried and convicted on weapons charges.
Kim Webby says even now people say her documentary The Price of Peace makes them see authorities shouldn’t automatically be believed.
That’s what I really hoped for and I was really pleased that happened for the people of Tuhoe and the people who were caughjt up in those raids,” she says.
Webby says the raids seem to be fading from public memory – but films like “Muru” will help keep the story alive.