Urewera raids: Ten years onby Shannon Haunui-Thompson
They set up two unlawful road blocks in Ruatoki and Taneatua, detained innocent people and searched private property while hunting for people they believed were involved in military-style training camps in Te Urewera Ranges.
Police believed more than 60 people had attended six training camps in 2006 and 2007 and that they had used a range of weapons, including Molotov cocktails, and had been practising ambush and interrogation techniques.
The raids took place in the early hours of Monday morning on 15 October 2007. The Armed Offenders Squad raided homes around the country looking for terrorists - people they claimed wanted to hurt New Zealand politicians and bomb parliament.
But none of the 17 people arrested ended up facing charges under the Terrorism Suppression Act after the Solicitor-General said the evidence was insufficient.
In the end, four people were found guilty in 2012 of illegally possessing firearms. Tame Iti and Rangikaiwhiria Kemara were sentenced to 30 months imprisonment and Urs Signer and Emily Bailey were given home detention.
The effects of the raids still linger for many families, including for Ati Teepa, who was away from his home when it was raided.
"I think there is still lots of unresolved issues around the raids, particularly some of the young children that were caught up in the raids. My brother's young family saw the guys in the masks and the guns, they saw their grandfather and father dragged out of the home early hours of the morning in the dark."
It would have been terrifying, he said.
"I think there are still issues for those young tamariki - and it wasn't just my brother's tamariki, there were children in other homes."
Police have worked hard to restore their relationship with Tūhoe iwi members, especially the tamariki.
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