17 Oct 2016

Bad cop: the story of John Cullen

From Black Sheep, 2:10 pm on 17 October 2016
John Cullen

John Cullen Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library, ref 1/1-013786-G

In 1916 John Cullen led a small army of police deep into the misty forests of Te Urewera to arrest the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana - his crime? Preaching that his followers shouldn't sign up to fight in the First World War.

But the raid is a complete disaster. Cullen oversees the shooting of two men in cold blood and the whole case against Rua unravels due to a huge legal blunder.

Historian Mark Derby explains how the son of an Irish turnip farmer rose to the very top of the New Zealand police - and how he didn't pay too much attention to whose neck he stepped on along the way.

Artist: Survival
Song: Rua Kenana
Composer: Survival
Album: Tribal Stomp
Label:  Tangata 790613