Recently a reader contacted us, stating that our timeline is missing a significant 2007 event. We agree, and thus we have included draft text below.

2007 New Zealand police raids in Urewera

On 15 October 2007 armed police carried out raids throughout the North Island, arresting 17 political activists. Police claimed they had arrested participants in a terrorist training camp in the Urewera region. In September 2011 firearms charges were dropped against 13 of the defendants. In February 2012 four stood trial on various charges but were convicted only on firearms charges. The case remains controversial, as some members of the public claim that police used the fear of terrorism to suppress genuine political dissent.

To find out more:

Beath, L. Terrorism and counter-terrorism – Securing New Zealand against terrorism. In Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved June 19, 2015 from: