5 Nov 2013

Maori Party criticises delay in report on Te Urewera raids

8:34 pm on 5 November 2013

The Maori Party says the Human Rights Commission's delay in releasing its report on the 2007 Te Urewera police raids is ridiculous.

The party's co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell, says a draft report was produced about three years ago, which was discussed with the whanau affected by Operation 8.

Te Ururoa Flavell.

Te Ururoa Flavell. Photo: RNZ

He's questioning whether the human rights of Tuhoe people are important to the commission.

Mr Flavell says the only other explanations would appear to be serious incompetence by the Commission, or political concerns about releasing what he calls an embarrassing report.

He says the report was due out two months ago, but six years after the raids nothing's been published.

But the Human Rights Commission says it's in the final stages of consulting on the report and in the process of collecting feedback from Tuhoe.

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford says his office wants the document to reflect the status of ongoing discussions between Tuhoe leadership and police.