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Urewera Operation—Independent Police Conduct Authority Investigation

Thursday 6 October 2011 (advance copy) Hansard source (external site)

Flavell5. TE URUROA FLAVELL (Māori Party—Waiariki) Link to this
to the Minister of Police

Kua whiwhi i a ia he ripoata nō te Rōpū Whakatika Pirihimana e pā ana ki tō rātou uiui rangahau i ngā raweketanga tika tangata pea a ngā pirihimana i Te Urewera i te 15 o Whiringa-ā-nuku 2007?

[Has she received any reports about the Independent Police Conduct Authority investigating possible violations of human rights that occurred from actions taken by the Police in the Urewera on 15 October 2007?]

GuyHon NATHAN GUY (Minister of Internal Affairs) Link to this

FlavellTe Ururoa Flavell Link to this

Is it appropriate that the people involved in those actions have to wait for 4 years for the release of an Independent Police Conduct Authority report and, indeed, the Human Rights Commission report on violations of human rights that occurred from the actions taken by police on 15 October 2007; and what actions will she take to deal with the sad saga that continues to hang over those affected by those traumatic actions?

GuyHon NATHAN GUY Link to this

The Independent Police Conduct Authority and the Human Rights Commission are completely independent bodies. Independence means that the authority makes its findings based on the facts and the law. It does not answer to the police or anyone else over those findings. In this way its independence is similar to that of a court. Those agencies are behaving responsibly and in the interest of justice by deferring the release of those reports until the matters before the courts are resolved.