The push for a separate Maori Justice System in this country is well underway with the Police Minister, Ginny Anderson, leading the current charge.

from the NZ Herald

A tikanga approach for Māori caught in the justice system will be further strengthened as Te Pae Oranga expands its foothold in Aotearoa.

The Government’s $70 million investment will add another 30 Te Pae Oranga sites by 2024/25. Te Pae Oranga were previously iwi community panels or community justice panels and have been operating on marae successfully for more than a decade.

The marae-based justice programmes give police an alternative approach to court and can refer offenders to marae, like Waahi Marae in Rāhui Pokeka Pā/Huntly where panels of the offenders peers sit in judgment and also in support.

An announcement will take place this morning at Waahi Marae to celebrate the partnership between Māori and Police for the collaboration that’s making a tangible difference in communities through restorative practices, while looking at addressing issues that can lead to reoffending behaviour.

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