There is actually an interesting story behind the name Te Urewera (the area where the police anti-terrorist raids were carried out) -
Apparently Te Urewera means 'The Burnt Penis', and is named for the tale of a Maori chief who rolled over in his sleep while lying too close to the fire... ( Wikipedia)
Dr Sharples should really be restraining himself from further inflaming the situation. The police are damned if they do and damned if they don't. If they didn't act and something were to happen in the not-to-distant future, we would all be accusing the police of not acting early. When they do take precursory steps, all these people jump up and down criticizing the police for arresting all these people and so on. How can you defend people who possess illegal firearms? I'm sure having illegal firearms isn't legal in this country, therefore the police have a right to arrest those who do.
People have also been criticizing the armed offenders of wearing black balaclavas and looking scary. So the guys in the bushes can wear what they want and look intimidating, while our armed offenders must act friendly and passive?
I heard the guys in the bushes bought some of their gear from a store selling surplus army gear/equipment in Auckland, and it just so happens that while I was on a bus to the city yesterday I saw this shop down K' Road with a sign saying
'Surplus Army Gear'
Maybe that's where they purchased their gear! Or it may just be a little more openly available than I would have thought..