5 Jun 2013

Police aim to fix fractured relationship with Tuhoe

7:15 pm on 5 June 2013

A senior Maori police officer aims to sit down with Ngai Tuhoe to fix their fractured relationship.

The 2007 Urewera police raid sparked Bay of Plenty Tuhoe residents of Ruatoki and Taneatua to fear and distrust the police.

An Independent Police Conduct Authority report found that the 2007 armed raids and roadblocks in both settlements were unlawful and unreasonable.

One recommendation was for the police to take steps to re-engage with the people.

Superintendent Wally Haumaha, who's the Maori Pacific and ethnic services national police manager, says they will sit down with Tuhoe and talk about what the tribe is concerned about regarding policing.

He says it will be able to tell the iwi want it can do to address the problems.