On October 15, 2007, activists around New Zealand woke to guns in their faces. Black-clad police smashed down doors, dragging families out onto roads. In the rural village of Rūātoki, helicopters hovered while locals were stopped at roadblocks. Operation 8 involved 18 months of invasive surveillance of Māori sovereignty and peace activists accused of attending terrorist training camps. How did the War on Terror become a global witch-hunt of political dissenters that reached our very own doorstep? Operation 8 examines how and why these unprecedented raids took place and at what cost to those targeted.
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