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Tuhoe leaders call for financial support for Iti appeal

Tuhoe leaders and organisations are trying to raise cash for Tame Iti's appeal costs but one kohanga reo which has been asked will not be contributing to save Iti's "backside".

Iti was last month jailed for 2 years on firearms charges relating to the 2007 Urewera raids.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said Iti was not at present receiving legal aid for his appeal, but figures to late April show that $347,876 had been spent on his defence in the Urewera trial this year.

National Kohanga Reo Trust's chief executive officer, Titoki Black, emailed seven Tuhoe language nests this month saying that another tribal organisation, Te Uru Taumata, had asked for more support for Iti.