Frances Mountier of the Save Happy Valley Campaign was visited by police at her Christchurch home on the morning of the “Urewera 17” police raids.
Like the well trained activist she is, Mountier refused the police entry because they had no warrant.
The next day, October 16th, Mountier was interviewed on TV1’s “CloseUp“, by John Sellwood.
Sellwood Do you have any involvement in any activity that is illegal? Have you ever and anyone you know-and look in my eyes and tell me-have you ever been involved in anything that involves weapons?
Mountier No I have not.
Sellwood Do you know anyone who has or has been involved in the training using weapons?
Mountier I’m, I’m sure there’s a whole lot of people…
Sellwood Do you know anyone?
Mountier Look, I have no idea, I, I…
Sellwood Seriously, do you know anyone?
Mountier Not in terms of-in…
Sellwood Do you know any?
Mountier Not in, ahh, ahh, like not beyond a shooting rabbits kind of sense.
Sellwood OK, more importantly, do you know anyone connected with the Ureweras and possibly what has occurred up there?
Mountier Ahh, as far as I’m aware, no I don’t on and and and why does, any neither does anyone (unintelligible) so we can go tramping.
Sellwood As a New Zealander, if it was shown there was a terrorist training camp-the word terrorism, oh let’s forget it-there was a training camp and arms were used possibly for training/political purposes, surely that would concern you?
Mountier Ah, as a New Zealander, what would concern me is this, this, this police, ah, , ah, coming into people’s houses across the country and also the designation of, such, y’know, alleged camps, its been denied by all those people, being, being morphed into this concept of terrorism that, that, y’know everyone has heard about incessantly for past 24 hours.
Frances Mountier, incidentally, joined the recent Tuhoe hikoi to Parliament.