“Our friend will be free”
Taame Iti has been granted parole to take effect on 27 February. Co-defendant Rangi Kemera is set to have his parole hearing next week.
Taame has been in prison since 24 May last year when he was convicted and sentenced to 2.5 years for possession of firearms. Taame has been doing time in Waikeria prison in Te Awamutu—one of the country's oldest prisons and described to Indymedia as a ‘shithole.’ He has been using his time to create a new series of paintings which he plans to exhibit upon release. Taame has also been working with other prisoners, doing the mental health work he was contracted by corrections to do before he was sent inside.
Taame will have some conditions imposed as part of his release. Travel restrictions may be in place for some time following his release.
Rangi Kemara's parole hearing is on 18 February. The only reasonable and just outcome of that hearing is the same as Taame's: freedom.