No doubt the news will be dominated for the next few days by the Police operation to dismantle an alleged network of Maori, political and environmental activists. Certainly, the claim on 3News tonight that a Napalm bomb was detonated last weekend was alarming.
TV3 News carried extensive coverage of the day's events, which are summarised here (video links included0:
It's hard to know what to make of this, at this early stage. Clearly, the Police had some very detailed intelligence, and Howard Broad mentioned a number of times during the media conference that it was his call for the Police to act today, which suggests he had some pretty strong reasons.
We hear so much about terrorism these days, but it's almost always on the other side of the globe. I guess that's why the Rainbow Warrior and Bali bombings were so shocking - things like that don't happen very often in this part of the world. It's early days in this investigation - Police are still considering what charges to lay against those arrested - but I certainly have some unease tonight, that there are people in this country prepared to resort to significant violence in order to impose their political or philosophical agenda on us.