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By Valerie (ed.) Morse

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ISBN-13: 9780473175627

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I had been to going to the prison quite a bit in order to drop off books and stuff. Finally, I managed to visit him on the day the terrorism charges were dropped. I went with a couple of other friends. ’ He was in a really interesting space, very much resigned to whatever happened. When I went home and turned on the radio, they said the charges could not be applied. Mount Eden prison was in a way what I expected. It was insanely restrictive and very inhumane. You go in, fill out these forms, go through the metal detectors and then sit in a specified seat.

Ultimately, that is one of the reasons why Tino Rangatiratanga had to be undermined and removed as a social construct: because the chiefs themselves could not make ­decisions on their own even if they wanted to. If they did, it could lead to war. Often the case in Te Rohe Potae in the lead-up to the crown ­invasions was that various rangatira would discuss an idea put to them by a government representative who would be hoping that he would be able to convince them to give their permission to a particular action.

I waited there for him to come out in his orange jumpsuit. I remember him coming out into the visiting area. He was so excited to have some coins to buy snacks. He was like a little boy, coming up to us and grabbing the change and then running over to the vending machine. ’ He slowed and walked over to get his chocolates. My perception of the space was that it was totally inhumane and sterile, devoid of any kind of humanity really. I talked to Omar about having to be searched every time he leaves and enters.

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