Dec 22 - Policeman shot and Tom Dennis
Dec 22 - Police officer shot
Kei roto tetahi pirihimana i te hohipera o middlemore e takoto ana i muri ake o toona puhiatanga ki i nga haora o te ata nei ki te rohe o papatoetoe ki tamaki makaurau ki te tonga
He apiha hou ki te ture te ahua nei i wehe atu aia mai toona waka ki te hihira matapokere i tetahi waka ka puhia nei
Koinei te ahua o te waa i roto i te hapori o papatoetoe i te
This was the scene out in the community of Papatoetoe
E rua nga pirihimana e kootui haere ana i te huarahi o
Buckingham ka tuu ki te maatiro tata i tetahi waka e kikimo mai ana
Two policemen out on regular police rounds in Buckingham Tce stopped to investigate a car with it hazard lights going
Mike Bush:"They were there to check on a suspicious vehicle while they were there they were checking the environment around that vehicle, when the officer was fired at from the darkness"
Rau tekau ma waru noa te pakeke o te pirihima e tahuri nei nga
kaimmahi waka turoroki te whakatika kotahi tau noa mai toona
putanga mai i te kareti pirihimana
The officer the ambulance drivers are tending to is 28 years old and graduated from Police college just a year ago.
Mike Bush:"He suffered severe blood loss"
Ina hei ta mike bush ka nui tana whakamihi ki ana pirihimana i
te kakama ki te haere ki te awhina wahina i tetahi ano o ratou
ahuakoa nga morearea
Mike Bush area commander for this area says he applaudes his officers actions to recover their colleague despite possible dangers
Mike Bush:"There was a possibility that an armed offender was there but all they wanted was to get our officer out."
Mike Bush:"Assistance in the way of armed detectives and constables arrives shortly there after and went into the scene to recover the officer and get him to safety in an ambulance."
Mo te hapori e ahua whakamataku mo ratou
A frightening experience for the neighbourhood
Zaim Mohammed: "We woke up with the sounds of bullets .. And the people shouting .. And then we went to the window and saw the police man running on the road shouting, We saw policeman lying on the ground with guns ready."
Daphne Russell:"To see them with their rifles .. That was quite seriously .. All of a sudden boom, all these police just everywhere."
Kei roto i nga ringa o te ture tetahi tangata e mau ana engari kore ratou e whakaki mai mena koinei te tangata kukume i te keu o te puu
The police are holding a man in custody but wont reveal any details as to whether he was involved with the shooting
Dec 22 - Tom Dennis passes away.
Kua mate tetahi o nga pirihimana maori tawhito tino rongonui o aotearoa. Inanahi i wehe atu a Thomas Dennis ki te koopu o hine-nui-te-po, tee hoki mai ki te ao marama.
Ko ana hoa mahi, e whakamana ana i tona oranga.
His friends and colleague, honouring his name.
He taangata nana nei i para i te huarahi whakamua mo te tangata
whenua. Ko ia tetahi i whakarite i nga takawaenga maori pirihimana.
He kimi oranga mo te ngai tatau, te mahi.
A person that laid the path for tangata whenua. He contributed to the establishing of Maori liaison officers. Finding a way forward for his people was his motivation.
Paddy Whiu:"Na tame ratau, ara i pania, i tohutohungia, te ahua
Maori i roto i tenei mahi, o nga pirihimana.
"Tom laid the ground work, for a Maori voice to be heard in the police force."
Ko Tom Dennis tera, mo nga tau maha, e tu ana hei rangatira, hei
kaiarahi mo te maori i roto i te ao pirihimana.
Tom Dennis was, for a long time a senior member of the police force, standing in as a Maori elder.
Bobby Newton - I bastion point takaparawha, i reira ia e mahi
ana, ko raua nga kaumatua, ia me papa metana.
He was at Bastian point, he and officer Metara were the elders amongst us.
I kitea te kaha aroha o ona hoa pirihimana mona i te ra nei,
engari ehara i te mea ko ona pukenga pirihimana noiho i te tirama
The love and respect he had in the police force was felt today. But he was not just an officer; he was a man of high character.
Hurimoana Dennis: "He ahua humarie, aroha, ki nga tangata,
ahakoa nohea, kei whea, ahakoa te tangata, he manaki atu ki a
ratau, koina te ahua o taku nei papa."
"He was a peaceful person, he cared for all people, no matter who they were, no matter what they did, that was in my father's nature."
Ko te reo, me ona tikanga hoki, tetahi o nga arotahi a Tom
The Maori language and culture was also something that Tom Dennis took an interest in.
Bobby Newton:"Nana, me etahi ano, tana hoa rangatira a Wai, me papa Netana ma, i whakatu i te roopu te reo pirihimana, kapahaka."" He and some others, his wife Wai, officer Netana, they established the Te Reo pirihimana kapa haka group."
Engari kua maarama, ko nga tino mahi a te koroua nei e kore rawa
e warewaretia, ko ona mahi i roto i nga pueru
But it is clear that, most of this elders achievements, were well in his blue jumper.
Viv Ricard:"Ko koe te rangatira ki a matau, i mahi ia i
waenganui i nga iwi maori, ia ra, ia ra, ia ra.
You were the chief amongst us. He worked with Maori people, day, after day, after day.
Naida Glavich:"Tenei tangata he tangata pono tuturu ki tana
"This man stayed true and loyal to his position as a police officer."
Ka takoto te tupapaku o Tom Dennis ki te puea marae tae noa ki
te ahiahi apopo, katahi ka haria ki tuuranga nui a kiwa, tau
Tom Dennis' body will lie at Te Puea memorial marae until tomorrow afternoon. He will then be taken to Gisborne, to be laid to rest.