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Nicky Hager's supporters raise thousands for legal fight

Almost $20,000 has been donated to help investigative journalist Nicky Hager with legal fees as he fights the police over their raid on his house.

Nicky Hager with his latest publication. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Hager is in an ongoing legal process with police over what they can look at after his Wellington home was searched last week.

The 10-hour raid was part of the police investigation into the hacking of Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater's emails, which were given to Mr Hager by anonymous hacker Rawshark and provided the basis for his book Dirty Politics.

During the raid, police seized papers and his family's electronic equipment including computers, drives, phones, CDs, an iPod and a camera.

But Mr Hager's supporters have rallied around him, with 427 people donating over $18,000 for legal bills through a Give a Little page.

The page was set up by former Young Labour leader Meg Bates who described Mr Hager as a hero, and said she was angry about the police raid.

"This isn't the New Zealand I know and love!" she wrote on the Give a Little page.

Mr Hager told NZ Newswire earlier this week police were holding the information and items that were seized, but had not looked at them.

"They were treading on ground which they really shouldn't have been treading on - they were crossing lines they shouldn't have crossed, but that put it in a very tricky legal position where most of the material," he said.

"In fact all of the material in the house wasn't covered by their warrant if it was supposed to be related to finding out about the sources of my book."

But he said police wouldn't find what they were looking for as he'd been extremely careful to hide his source.