Ihumātao: Top Māori police officer Wally Haumaha visits protest

From Morning Report, 7:13 am on 7 August 2019

The country's top Maori police officer Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha went to Ihumātao on Tuesday in an attempt to reduce tensions between protestors and police.

After a pōwhiri at the site of the land occupation, Mr Haumaha and protesters met privately.

It comes as police say they were forced to scramble extra officers at Ihumātao on Monday night because protesters indicated their intention to trespass.

Counties-Manukau district commander, Superintendent Jill Rogers, talks to Susie Ferguson.

She says Mr Haumaha has been involved in the process for some time.