October 16, 2018
Māori input needed in justice reform
An Auckland restorative justice worker says there is a real mood for change to the criminal justice system.
Irirangi Mako, who heads the Manukau Urban Māori Authority's restorative justice programme, attended yesterday's consultation hui at Nga Whare Waatea of the advisory group looking at system reform.
She says there was a strong call for any change to recognise the strength Māori and Māori frameworks can bring.
"We're not dealing with just the individual who comes to us. We look at it from a whānau sense and not just the incident that brings the person there. That was discussed widely yesterday around the Whānau Ora framework and that approach and not just working with the person in isolation, and we see that time and time again in the justice system, where it is aimed just at the individual and the incident that has brought them into the justice system," Ms Mako says.
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