Picking up the pieces in Ruatoki

On the morning of October 15, Ata ate porridge for breakfast and drank green tea. He drove to the old Anglican mission on the hill that overlooks the town ready to start work at Hauroa Tuhoe, the agency that organises community housing, youth and health initiatives. Tame Iti's desk is just three seats from his.

"All of a sudden the phone rang and they said, `Hey, we've got a road block here."'