Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia told TV3 yesterday that he doubted Tama Iti is a terrorist. Really, Ministers of the Crowns should know better than to speculate. They have a constitutional position other MPs do not.
Having said that, the Maori and Green parties would be wise to not be jumping to conclusions either, and demanding responses from Ministers. Ministers should and generally are saying nothing, as to do so would undermine the judicial process.