Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


New ideas in justice a refreshing change

13 April 2000

New ideas in justice a refreshing change

Green Party justice spokesperson Nandor Tanczos today said it was refreshing that after decades of old school justice policy some fresh and progressive new ideas were beginning to emerge.

Nandor Tanczos said he was particularly encouraged by a speech given by the Minister of Corrections Matt Robson at the Regional Heads of Prisons Meeting in the Hawkes Bay on Tuesday.

"I was pleased to hear the minister say he believes the solutions to Maori offending will come from Maori and the Green Party backs the minister's efforts to secure more funding for new Maori programmes in prison.

"As part of a more restorative justice programme - which aims to reduce crime instead of simply punish it - the Green Party would also like to see more funding going into out of prison schemes for Maori such as marae based justice," he said.

Mr Tanczos said the Green Party was pleased with Matt Robson's efforts to place victims at the centre of the justice system and to increase their rights in the courts.

"Restorative justice was a key election policy for the Greens and we are pleased our views are shared by the minister," he said. "It is a shame that under the current system a crime against a person is primarily seen as a crime against the Crown, with the victim relegated to the role of a witness.

"We welcome the new ideas which are being bought to this portfolio. They are long overdue if we are to reduce our high crime rate, reduce our prison population, rehabilitate criminals and give victims of crime the rights and respect they are entitled to," said Mr Tanczos.

"The old approach towards justice up until now has achieved none of these things. We fully support the minister's drive for more funding for new approaches and look forward to working with him on these projects."

Ends

Nandor Tanczos MP: 04 470 6712, 025 246 5235 Jonathan Hill (press secretary): 04 470 6719, 021 110 1133


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news