Now, I understand the various trials are still progressing, but let us look back to what happened at the time.
There was the media outrage that the 'terrorists' were going to kill 'the prime minister' until it turned out the PM they had in mind was 'the next prime minister- John Key!"
Now, it appears that offences were not chargeable under anti-terror legislation, suggesting a major stuff up by the police and certainly the government in drafting the wording of the law.
Such expressions of regret, and potential apologies to Tuhoe in future, does raise querstions about how much the raid was 'political'.
Have the police become such lapdogs to Dear Leader that they carry out so much at her best rather than be independent, impartial and above the political fray.
Have the police lost their independence? When they seem more intent on acting as the IRD on wheels than catching other criminals, then this seems increasingly so.
Indeed, while the individual officer on the beat is still a force for good, can we say this of the chiefs at the top?
It all started going downhill for the police soon after Dear Leader's election in December 1999 when she lied to the editor of the Sunday Star-Times to help remove Police Commissioner Peter Doone and start imposing her own placemen in the police force.
And thus the controversy of Doonegate was born, leading to the police failings and politicised public service we have today.