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DNA Sampling Could Spur Investigation

GENETIC PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

June 24, 2010

Maori Party MP Hone Harawira is alleging New Zealand police have targeted Maori youths and improperly obtained their DNA, The New Zealand Herald reports, saying he will support those involved if the wish is to file formal complaints with the Independent Police Conduct Authority. Voluntary DNA samples for those between the ages of 14 and 17 can only be taken with the consent of the suspect and a parent, the report states. While Harawira said police did not force youths to give DNA samples, he contends they have improperly persuaded them. Police Minister Judith Collins, who has said she is unaware of any improper behaviour, encouraged Harawira to pursue any complaint through the proper channels.
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