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Police meet Maori adviser after incident

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/09/2016

Kura Moeahu. © Ross Setford/ Getty Images Kura Moeahu. Police are looking into an accusation a Maori adviser to parliament was threatened with arrest for speaking in Maori when stopped by a traffic officer.

Parliament's senior Maori adviser Kura Moeahu wants an apology from police, saying he was threatened with arrest when he spoke Maori after being pulled over in Waterloo in the Hutt Valley last week, Maori Television reports.

He says he was exercising his legal right to speak in Maori and explained he had waited to find a safe place to stop when asked why he had not stopped earlier. He says he did nothing wrong.

He was not issued with a ticket.

Inspector Sean Hansen, the Hutt Valley area commander, says he and police iwi liaison officers met with Mr Moeahu on Friday.

He said it was largely a positive and constructive meeting.

Insp Hansen said he would be speaking with staff involved in the incident in coming days to gather more information about exactly what happened.

Hutt Valley police acknowledged the strong relationship the organisation has local iwi when speaking to Mr Moeahu, he said.

Labour MP Su'a William Sio tweeted on Saturday that it was a totally wrong reaction by police.

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