A meeting between the Commissioner of Police and Tuhoe is said to be a good initial step towards the future for Police and Tuhoe tribe relations.
Commissioner Peter Marshall and Tuhoe spokesperson Tamati Kruger say the meeting in Rotorua on Wednesday was essentially a private one, solely focused on having the Police and Tuhoe leaders in the same room to talk.
The details of the conversation remain private, but in a joint statement, Peter and Tamati say it fulfilled its intention of getting the current Commissioner and some of the senior leaders of Tuhoe talking about the future rather than the past.
In the statement, the pair say there was no agenda on either side for the meeting to go into the specific issues relating to Operation 8 or the recent court case.
“It was purely and simply an occasion for the current Commissioner to meet in person with a number of Tuhoe leaders.”
Peter says he is looking forward to talking again with Tuhoe about the nature of the relationship between the Police and the tribe.
Tamati says Tuhoe appreciated the opportunity to meet with Peter in Rotorua.
He says he was sure it would be the first of a number of meetings to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern.