On October 15th, police raided homes all over New Zealand, arresting 16 people allegedly involved in “quasi military” training camps in the Urewera mountains and one on drugs charges.
No fewer than five SHVC activists or supporters, Ira/Tim Bailey, his sister Emily Bailey, Omar Hamed, Valerie Morse and a Swiss national who still has name suppression, were arrested in the October 15th anti-terror raids.
While terrorism charges have been dropped, all five still face firearms charges.
New Zealand’s largest environmental organisation, Greenpeace also has extensive ties to SHVC.
Several Greenpeace staff members have worked closely with, or inside SHVC in recent times.
One of these, Kristin Gillies is a very recent addition to Greenpeace’s Be The Change Team. He is currently touring touring the country in a bus, spreading Greenpeace’s climate change message to high school pupils.
One of his travelling companions, Jo McVeagh is also a former leading SHVC activist.
Gillies, a former Canterbury University geography student, has been a prominent member of SHVC’s Christchurch branch.
Kristin Gillies was arrested in February 2006 when he and fellow SHVC avtivists Raoni Hammer and Daniel Rae were removed from Solid Energy’s Christchurch rooftop by twelve members of the Team Policing Unit. The Police had to smash a hole in a door with a sledgehammer to access the four storey high roof area and remove the protestors.
Raoni Hammer has also worked for Greenpeace, where his climbing skills have been well utilised.
In February 2005, Raoni Hammer was arrested following a nine day occupation of the Marsden B powerstation at Ruakaka, Northland. Hammer and three other Greenpeace activists climbed onto the roof of the main powerstation building in protest at plans to re-commision the mothballed coal burning power plant.
Kristin Gillies has been active in training SHVC activists, including at a “non-violent direct action training camp” held in Christchurch in early October this year.
The police affadavit used to obtain search warrants for the October 15th anti terror raids has surfaced on the internet.
In it, police allege that Gillies may have undergone some “training” of his own.
Police allege that Gillies travelled to the August 2007 Urewera “training camp” with the Swiss national and two others (both SHVC activists).
Police allege that Gillies was observed attending this camp.
The police affadavit alleges that according to InterIsland Ferry records, Gillies crossed the Cook Strait to Wellington on September the 7th, 2007 accompanied by an R.Hammer.
This was several days prior to the alleged September Urewera “training camp“.
Police also allege that Gillies was sent a text message on September 20th 2007 from another SHVC supporter, later arrested on October 15th, advising Gillies and “Ra” of the dates of the scheduled October training camp.
Gillies’ Addington home was listed among those for which warrants were sought for the October 15th police raids.
Inexplicably, when police attempted to search the Addington house, they were turned away by Gillies’ alleged flatmate, SHVC national spokesperson Frances Mountier, because they failed to produce a search warrant!
Greenpeace NZ is almost certainly aware that several SHVC activists and supporters were arrested on October the 15th.
Are they also aware that their new Climate Change school campaigner is also alleged to have attended an Urewera training camp with Tame Iti and his followers?