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It is with a sense of relief to finally receive after
5 and half years of waiting the report into police actions
that took place in Ruatoki and throughout New Zealand on
October 15 2007.
This has been a difficult and drawn out
process and it is with trepidation that we received the
report today. The IPCA report has stated in its response to
our whanau complaint given within a month of the October 15
2007t hat “detaining Maria and Amie, and taking them to
Whakatane police station “amounted to arbitrary detention.
These actions were contrary to law, unjustified and
unreasonable...“Police actions in undertaking personal
searches of Maria and Amie were contrary to law, unjustified
and unreasonable” It was also found that police actions in
entering our neighbors’ property and restricting her
movements were contrary to law, unjustifiable and
As a whanau we are currently considering
the report in its fullest and seeking advice as to where to
Whanau o Tame Iti and Maria
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