After the Raids – doco on October 15 Tuhoe raids to air on MTS

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October 15th 2007 is a date etched into the memories of all Tuhoe, and many other New Zealanders.

This was the day New Zealand Police launched anti-terrorism raids on the people of Tuhoe, in the valley of Ruatoki and beyond.

With extraordinary access and filmed over a two and a half year period, the aftermath of the raids is explored in OCTOBER 15, screening on Maori Television on Saturday August 7 at 8.30 PM.

OCTOBER 15 is an intimate record of how events touched the lives of the people in the days, weeks, months and years following the raids.

We filmed as the people rebuilt their lives and addressed the after-effects of the raids on their children, says producer Pietra Brettkelly. On a more political level, we also followed Te Kotahi a Tuhoe, the group led by Tamati Kruger that sought to take civil action against the police.

The documentary looks at the raids in an historical context from a Tuhoe perspective, from colonial confiscation, clashes with colonial powers during the time of Rua Kenana and his followers at Maungapohatu, through to the police actions of the modern day.

Supplemented by archive footage, director Kim Webby also weaves in animation and dramatic re-enactment.

Interview subjects include Tame Iti and his whanau, as well as some of the women and children who were detained in sheds, outdoors or in police vehicles for up to six hours. They were ultimately released, and were never charged with any offence.

The raids were based on a claim of terrorist activity a claim staunchly refuted by Tuhoe. So what is Tuhoe country really like? These documentary makers have had an extraordinary opportunity to document the real lives of these people, their shock following the raids of October 15 and their pursuit of redress, says Maori Televisions general manager of programming Haunui Royal.

OCTOBER 15 kicks off a new season for Maori Televisions Pakipumeka Aotearoa New Zealand documentary slot in a new time of Saturdays at 8.30 PM. Other subjects in the weeks ahead include profiles on the Polynesian Panthers and reknowned sculptor Chris Bailey.

Brettkelly is an award-winning documentary maker, who programme The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins won an award at the Sundance Film Festival 2008.

Insightful, informative and moving, tune into OCTOBER 15, screening on Saturday August 7 at 8.30 PM.

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