Māori perspectives on justice - report released

Ināia Tonu Nei – The Time is Now: We Lead, You Follow captures the kōrero at a national Māori hui held in Rotorua in April 2019 to discuss Māori experiences with the justice system.

The independent report calls for Māori to have a genuine leadership role in creating a future justice system for Aotearoa New Zealand.

The report reflects hui attendees’ clear challenges to the Crown:

  • to share power with Māori and for Māori led responses to be central to the reformation of the justice system;
  • to stop working in silos and to take a whole-of-Government approach to improve the wellbeing of Māori; and
  • to recognise that they do not have the cultural capability or capacity to deliver a justice system that can respond to this crisis alone.

The national Māori hui resulted from a call at the Criminal Justice Summit in August 2018 for an intentional space for Māori voices to discuss a Māori response to criminal justice reform.  

Ināia Tonu Nei – The Time is Now: We Lead, You Follow complements He Waka Roimata – Transforming the Criminal Justice System, the first report of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group and ongoing work by Te Uepū, the Chief Victims Advisor to Government and the Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata – Safe and Effective Justice initiative.

 Read the full report: Ināia Tonu Nei – The Time is Now: We Lead, You Follow(external link)

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