The trial begins today. 4 years, 3 months, 4 weeks and one day since the October 15th raids. Four people are still facing charges: Tame Iti, Rangi Kemara, Emily Bailey and Urs Signer. I will not recount the history of the case, I will just offer my solidarity. I think it's important not just to offer solidarity to the defendants but stand in solidarity with the struggle for te Mana Motuhake o Tūhoe.
I know I will struggle to write any more about the case. My personal experience and political analysis are intertwined in a way that makes it very difficult to write for a general audience. The only thing I have to offer, besides what I have already said, is this poem: