10 Sep 2011

Review of Terrorism Act wanted by Sharples

6:55 pm on 10 September 2011

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says he now has little hope the Government will review the Terrorism Act or the police raids on Tuhoe. But he says for the good of the country, it should.

The Maori Party wants a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the police operation in Te Urewera and other centres in 2007.

Dr Sharples says New Zealand should be rethinking an Act that appears to justify wartime tactics against a small iwi, and innocent people, including women and children.

He says he does not believe the Government would have approved similar action against any of the bigger tribes - and iwi leaders would back him on that view.

Dr Sharples says Minister of Police Judith Collins has refused to consider an inquiry, and he's heard through a spokesperson that Prime Minister John Key is unlikely to reverse that decision.