21 Feb 2015

Family reaches settlement with police

6:47 am on 21 February 2015

A family of five who had their house searched by police as part of the Urewera raids has reached a confidential settlement with the police outside court.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush and kaumatua at Te Rewarewa Marae.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush and kaumatua at Te Rewarewa Marae in August 2014 when police apologised for wrongdoing that occurred during the Te Urewera raids. Photo: RNZ / Mani Dunlop

According to court documents the five were at a house in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa when armed police arrived at the address.

The family of Tuhoe Lambert had claimed they were unfairly detained by the police during the search.

Each family member sought $100,000.

Mr Lambert was charged but died in 2011.

Their lawyer Charl Hirschfeld confirmed the settlement was financial in nature.

A second case brought by Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara has been dropped.

He was one of four people later jailed for firearms offences.

A Crown Law spokesperson said both matters had been discontinued and declined to comment further.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority and the Human Rights Commission have released reports criticising aspects of the operation.

Police apologised to the Ruatoki community and the Tuhoe people for the wrongdoing that occurred during the 2007 Te Urewera police raids at a gathering at a Bay of Plenty marae last August.

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