April 15, 2017
Maori and Pasifika embrace restorative justice
Restorative justice practitioners are heartened by a survey showing a majority of victims are satisfied with their experience.
The Ministry of Justice survey found 84 percent satisfaction with the conferences that put perpetrators and victims together, and 80 percent are satisfied with the overall process.
Irirangi Mako from south Auckland’s Mau Te Rongo says the satisfaction figures were even higher for Maori, at 89 percent, and 96 percent of Pasifika victims.
"They felt safe in there and that their voice was heard. For us in South Auckland, the potential is huge. We know our communities and we have resourced it to suit our communities. We're not trying to make our communities fit into this approach. We're doing it so it works for everybody," she says.
Irirangi Mako says restorative is not just about the affects of crime but also about restoring relationships, especially in cases of family violence.
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