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Former police minister apologises for Urewera Raids

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New Zealand News | Thursday May 23 2013 7:00

Former police minister apologises for Urewera Raids

An apology from Annette King, who was police minister when the 2007 Urewera raids were carried out.

Those actions have now been heavily criticised by the Independent Police Complaints Authority.

Mrs King is apologising for actions that have proved to be illegal.

"But people need to understand the Minister of Police, the prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the Minister of Maori Affairs and others who were advised that the raids were going to be carried out, had no knowledge of how they were to be carried out."

Current Police Minister Anne Tolley has apologised to the communities that were affected, but an official government apology to the Tuhoe people is still under consideration.

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