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An Innocent Warrior

Maori Tame Iti

Maori warrior Tame Iti. Photo: Al Jazeera

A Maori activist’s fight for his people after being accused of running a paramilitary training camp in New Zealand.

Al Jazeera, August 4, 2016

In 2007 New Zealand police arrested charismatic Maori leader Tame Iti and others in anti-terrorist raids after a period of surveillance.

In a long trial, Iti and three other people (the “Urewera Four”) were accused of running a terrorist training camp and of being members of a criminal group. The high court found them not guilty of terrorism but they were jailed for firearms offences. The case was the culmination of 170 years of conflict between the New Zealand Crown and the Ngai Tuhoe tribe, who had suffered appalling injustice including the dispossession of their land.

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Indigenous practice from New Zealand aims to reunite kids in care with families

New Zealander Katie Murray is in Winnipeg to share knowledge about a promising approach that aims to keep children at risk of being apprehended by foster care in their own extended families. (Provided by Katie Murray.)

New Zealander Katie Murray is in Winnipeg to share knowledge about a promising approach that aims to keep children at risk of being apprehended by foster care in their own extended families. (Provided by Katie Murray.)

Delegation in Winnipeg to help Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. keep kids in their own families

By Chris Read, CBC News, Nov 9, 2015

A delegation from New Zealand is in Winnipeg to share an approach they believe could reduce the number of children in foster care.

It’s called Family Group Conferencing (FGC) and it’s based on the practices of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people.

Katie Murray is the CEO of a social service agency on the North Island of New Zealand and she is here to liaise with Winnipeg’s Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. Read the rest of this entry