Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


'Scars Run Deep for Tuhoe' - The Maori Party

'Scars Run Deep for Tuhoe' The Maori Party Members of Parliament Thursday 8 November 2007

The Maori Party has expressed relief that the horrific experience of the last 25 days has now abated following the decision of the Solicitor General, David Collins QC, not to proceed with laying any charges under the Terrorism Suppression legislation.

"The nation has experienced a level of fear and uncertainty which has been unprecedented in modern times" said Dr Sharples.

The concern of the Maori Party remains with the people of Ruatoki and Tuhoe, and indeed wider across tangata whenua, and other people who have been targeted by the raids of terror.

"We sat with people from Tuhoe today, and have been profoundly moved by their experience" said Tariana Turia, co-leader of the Maori Party. "We have heard their pain, felt their state of shock; they have been irrevocably changed by the events of Black Monday" said Mrs Turia.

"The people have told us that their ability to speak openly with people, their ways of communicating have been affected by the impact of these raids" said Mrs Turia. "They spoke about children not wanting to learn, adults feeling as if they were in a state of delayed concussion, as they recall the events of the past three and a half weeks" said Mrs Turia.

"I would suggest that the result of this experience is akin to post-traumatic stress disorder" said Mrs Turia.

"Only those people who know what it is like to have communities traumatised can really understand what it is like to be the men, women and children of Ruatoki" said Te Ururoa Flavell, Member of Parliament for Waiariki. "How can healing take place, when we have had no living memory of a reality such as took place in the dawn of 15th October 2007?" said Flavell.

"We continue to be concerned about this legislation, and who might be next" said Dr Sharples.

What next? "The expectation that we have, is that all of the twelve people who have been detained must be released forthwith" said Hone Harawira. "We also expect that discussions should be carried out with the people of Ruatoki to determine the level of resourcing necessary to enable healing to occur for those traumatised; and to repair the physical, mental and structural damage on their community".

"We also expect to see some major changes in how the police manage operations involving Maori communities. It is our belief that clear guidelines need to be developed to ensure the involvement of the kaitakawaenga, the police iwi liaison officers at all stages" said Dr Sharples.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Speech: NZ Moves To Red

Nine COVID-19 cases reported yesterday in the Nelson/Marlborough region have now been confirmed as the Omicron variant, and a further case from the same household was confirmed late yesterday....


Gordon Campbell: On Responding To The Need In Tonga

The power of the Tonga eruption (and the size of the aid response being mounted) have been sobering indications of the scale of this disaster. The financial impact is certain to exceed the damage done by Cyclone Harold two years ago, which was estimated at the time to cost $US111 million via its effects on crops, housing and tourism facilities. This time, the tsunami damage, volcanic ash, sulphur dioxide contamination and villager relocation expenses are likely to cost considerably more to meet...


Science Media Centre: Omicron Outbreak Would Move The Country To Red - Expert Reaction

The Prime Minister has announced if Omicron cases spread into the community, the country will move to the traffic light system's Red setting within 48 hours. Jacinda Ardern also mentioned there will be changes to the country's testing regime, with more use of Rapid Antigen Tests... More>>

Government: New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today... More>>

Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January... More>>

Statistics: Departures Lift Border Crossing Numbers

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border went up in November 2021, mostly due to an increase in departures, Stats NZ said today. There were 28,700 border crossings in November 2021, made up of 12,300 arrivals and 16,400 departures... More>>

Financial Services Federation: Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes
Responsible lenders are not interested in telling the Government “I told you so” when it comes to unintended consequences of changes to lending laws that are now causing grief for everyday Kiwis seeking finance... More>>

CTU: Too Many Kiwi Workers Financially Vulnerable As Omicron Looms
With New Zealand on the precipice of an Omicron outbreak and the economic upheaval that comes with it, the CTU’s annual Mood of the Workforce Survey shows the vast majority of kiwi workers do not have the financial resources to survive a period of unemployment... More>>




InfoPages News Channels