23 Feb 2012

Deadly weapons identified at raids trial

5:15 pm on 23 February 2012

A detective has identified deadly weapons in video footage of people that police say were training at military-style camps in Te Urewera National Park in the Bay of Plenty.

Tame Iti, Te Rangikaiwhira Kemara, Urs Signer and Emily Bailey are accused of being part of an organised criminal group and possessing firearms and restricted weapons.

CCTV footage captured by various hidden cameras in the days leading up to police raids in September 2007 show people dressed in dark and camouflage clothing, wearing masks and balaclavas.

Detective Sergeant Jason Lunjevich gave evidence at the Auckland High Court on Thursday and directed the jury's attention to several weapons the figures can be seen carrying including rifles, Molotov cocktails and a double barrelled sawn-off shotgun.

Mr Lunjevich highlighted a section of footage in which a man appears to be demonstrating a shooting stance.

Soon after, another man can be seen adopting the recommended stance and bracing a large firearm against the bonnet of a vehicle.

Group training to kill, court told

Earlier, the jury heard details of a conversation involving Te Rangikaiwhira Kemara in which he says the group was training to kill.

The Crown told court the conversations took place in internet chatrooms.

Details included planning dates for upcoming training camps, purchasing bulk ammunition and references to what clothing they should wear at the camp.

The court was told that in another conversation, a person is said to have written to Mr Kemara, saying: ''I don't really want to kill if I can help it''.

The court was told Mr Kemara replied: ''No one wants to kill, but we are training to kill because we'll probably have to''.