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Tame Iti enjoyed prison, will keep using firearms

Wednesday 27 Feb 2013 11:35 a.m.

By 3 News online staff

Following his release this morning Tame Iti says he enjoyed prison and firearms will always be part of his culture.

Iti was granted parole from Waikeria Prison in Waikato on February 14,  after serving a third of the two-and-a-half year jail term he was given over the alleged military-style camps near his home town in 2011.

He was out of prison by 7am and appeared at a press conference at 10am.

Iti says firearms will always be part of his culture and he has no resentment about what happened, saying he wants “to move on”.

He told the media that while in prison he worked as a “wannabe mechanic”, earning 20c an a hour.

He says he worked hard to avoid what he called “landmines” in jail, but overall he enjoyed it as he got fit, started writing a book and did lots of art.

The Parole Board described Iti as a "role model prisoner".

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