October 14, 2018
Community boards reduce crime
Auckland’s four Te Pae Ōranga say they are making an impact on reducing crime and they need their funding secured.
Representatives of the four iwi-community panels met at Ōrakei on Saturday to review progress on the initiative, which grew out of the police Turning the Tide strategy.
Shane White from Hoani Waitītī Marae says the panels make offenders accountable for their actions and then wraps support around then to reduce opportunities for reoffending.
It works because it is by Māori, for Māori, and the rest of the community benefits as well.
Alec Hawke from Orakei Marae says other ethnicities are also using the panels with considerable success.
He says by dealing with low level offending at the community level, Te Pae Oranga cuts the number of people entering the criminal justice system, at a saving to the taxpayer and more than justifying what the police are spending on them.
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