11 Jul 2013

Tuhoe stunned by decision to stop Urewera inquiry

7:09 pm on 11 July 2013

A Ngai Tuhoe leader is stunned by the National and Labour parties' decision not to proceed with an inquiry into the emotional toll the 2007 Urewera police raids had on local people.

Tamati Kruger.

Tamati Kruger. Photo: RNZ

Labour and National decided to put a stop to the matter, which has staggered the Maori Party.

The Maori Party says neither party gave an explanation about why they don't want an inquiry into the aftermath of Operation Eight.

Earlier this year, an independent police report found people were illegally stopped in vehicles, detained in homes and photographed.

Tuhoe leader, Tamati Kruger, questions why the political parties chose not to launch an inquiry.

He says he's surprised by their actions because he thought politicians are interested in finding out the truth.