You are warmly invited to: *Explosive Expression* – Creative Resistance to the State Terror Raids of October ’07
Art Auction 7pm, Saturday 17 October, Thistle Hall, Cuba Street,
Wellington – to view all the 65 artworks go to
or visit Thistle Hall, Cuba Street, Wellington, 12-6pm every day this week.
The ‘Operation 8’ raids on houses in Te Urewera and around Aotearoa targeted indigenous rights, environmental, anti-war and union activists. 18 people still face politically motivated charges. Funds raised from the
auction will support those affected by the raids.
If you are in Wellington, we invite you to share in a week of events
commemorating the 2007 ‘terror’ raids:
*Friday 16 Oct, 6pm:* Meet the artists and hear about their creative
resistance at Thistle Hall
*Saturday 17 Oct, 12-4pm:* *Political screen-printing *workshop for youth at Aro Valley Community Hall sponsored by a Creative Communities grant
*Saturday 17 Oct, 7pm*: AUCTION NIGHT with food, drinks, and all of these amazing works for sale
*Sunday 18 October, 1-5pm: **Documenting our communities* workshop with local filmmakers at Aro Valley Community Hall sponsored by a Creative Communities grant
1. Putting on a show of resistance
By KATIE CHAPMAN – The Dominion Post
A confiscated police flag and a self-portrait by Maori activist Tame Iti are among more than 50 artworks being auctioned to mark two years since the “terror raids”.
Iti will officially open the Explosive Expression exhibition tonight at Thistle Hall Gallery in Wellington, with the final auction on Saturday.
He is one of 17 people facing charges after the 2007 police raids, which resulted in the arrests of 18 people in Bay of Plenty, including at alleged military-style training camps in the Ureweras, under the Terrorism Suppression Act.
They were charged with more than 300 firearms charges, including
possession of guns, Molotov cocktails and ammunition.
One person had the charges dropped, and 10 had charges reduced after a preliminary hearing last year.
Volunteers were setting up the exhibition yesterday. Artist and organiser Graham Jury said the aim was to raise awareness about the raids, as well as mark the anniversary.
“We need to take a stand against this ongoing process.”
An exhibition was a way to celebrate freedom of thought after the raids, and art was a traditional form of protest, he said.
“We’re concerned about the terror raids targeting people whose main
crime has been to express contrary opinions to the Government.
“We’re celebrating creativity in art in the face of encroachments on
our freedom of speech.”
The show was also a chance to raise funds for those facing charges,
with the proceeds going towards legal fees and helping the families.
Iti’s self-portrait, showing red eyes peering from a dark background,
is expected to be popular, as is a confiscated police flag, with the words “rules and violence” spraypainted on it.
The work, No Reverence for the Badge, is by an artist using the
pseudonym “Rob de Rich”. It is unknown how he or she got the flag.
Other works range from paintings and photography to fabric works and
Challen Wilson contributed an installation to the exhibition, and used
the theme of honour. “Honour ourselves, honour each other, and honour
Former MP Nandor Tanczos will host the auction.
2. Proposed powers ‘bordering on police state’
By MAGGIE TAIT – NZPA
On the second anniversary of controversial police raids, political activists today told MPs a new bill allowing police greater powers to
search and monitor could stifle freedom of speech.
Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff also raised concerns and recommended a raft of beefed-up safeguards to better protect people.
Parliament’s justice and electoral select committee is considering the
Search and Surveillance Bill which is based on a 2007 Law Commission
report and also brings together police powers which are scattered
through numerous statutes.
It gives police and other law enforcement agencies increased powers
such as the ability to compel people to answer questions, clone
computer information and makes changes to searches and surveillance.
Several activists, arrested by police in the past, referred to the October 15, 2007 controversial police “anti-terror raids” at Ruatoki in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and Whakatane, Palmerston North, Auckland and Wellington when appearing before the committee today.
Activist Annemarie Thorby made an impassioned submission to MPs saying the new bill gave police powers to search without warrant any arrested or detained person, or if authorities had concerns about safety or felt their investigation would be compromised.
“They can just go straight in, they don’t need a judge’s permission,”
“It’s a nightmare, it’s bordering on a police state.”
MPs emphasised the bill focused on criminals, but activists were worried it would apply to them.
Ms Thorby said the bill removed the right to silence; allowed surveillance without warrants in some circumstances; expanded excessively what information police could require a suspect to give and gave police search powers they could use for “fishing expeditions”.
Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said law enforcement needed to be
balanced against invasion of privacy and while she supported the bill, she felt better safeguards were needed.
She said people should be notified, even if it was after an investigation was completed, if they had been watched.
Warrants for searches of people’s computers, including remote searching if people held information on websites, should be as specific as possible.
Another safeguard was needed around orders requiring people to produce information to authorities.
“Production orders potentially make a vast amount of information available to enforcement officers. There need to be adequate controls,” she said.
“I think the confidence that your papers and your communications which now may be held electronically are secure from intrusion, is going to be an essential part of freedom of speech, liberty and people’s right to feel their personal information will be kept secure.”
Ms Shroff said family members’ privacy should be considered. Issuing
officers should be required to be precise about what would be covered
by the orders, only judges should be able to issue the orders and there should be reporting for instance to Parliament on how they had been used.
“Safeguards applicable to search warrants such as notification and
reporting should be applied to surveillance device warrants and
production orders and we can’t see why there should be lesser
Asked about concerns raised, Justice Minister Simon Power said the bill had not raised human rights issues when vetted but he was interested to hear what the select committee decided.
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