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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Another "Urewera 17" Activist Identified

Indymedia kindly gives us an update on the status of the "Urewera 17"

Sixteen people now face charges under section 45 of the Arms Act 1983. They are:

Emily Felicity Tuhi-ao Bailey, 30, Community worker and activist.
Ira Mangaimihi Timothy Bailey, 28, Artist.
Rongomai Peropero Bailey, 28, Graphic Designer.
Omar Hamed, 19, University Student.
Rawiri Kiyami Iti, 29, Machine Operator.
Tame Iti, 55, Mana Motuhake o Tuhoe Activist and Counsellor.
Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara, 38, IT Consultant.
Tuhoe Kent Lambert, 59, Retired Social Worker.
Jamie Beattie Lockett, 46, Private Investigator.
Marama Hannah Mayrick, 24, Picture Framer.
Valerie Morse, 36, Unemployed Librarian and Researcher.
Moana Hemi Winitana, 53, Post Graduate Student.
Watene Paul McClutchie, 33, Father.
A woman from Auckland, 32, Professional Dancer.
A man from Ruatoki, 28, Father.
A Swiss national, 23, Musician.

Another person arrested during the operation, Moko Hillman 52, a father, has already been dealt with by the courts.

Hillman is the only one whose identity I did not know.

He is clearly the individual arrested on drugs charges.

Moko Hillman is a a long time activist and associate of Tame Iti.

In 1988, Hillman was arrested and jailed, with several Ngai Tamarawaho activists for his part in the occupation of the old Tauranga Town Hall-the land being part of a disputed Waitangi Tribunal claim.

Hillman is believed to have been involved with Tame Iti's camps in the Ureweras.


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