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Mauri Pacific's Justice Policy

Mauri Pacific's newly released Justice Policy proposes the development of a unique New Zealand Law and Justice system where "Maori LORE" has equal standing with English Common Law.

Mauri Pacific Justice Spokesperson Rana Waitai released the party's Justice Policy today saying it was time to severe the umbilical chord with Britain's once and for all and develop an identity unique to New Zealand.

"Mauri Pacific understands that any body of law evolves slowly, but we must begin a planned evolution of a New Zealand Law and Justice model today.

"Mauri Pacific proposes to set up a body of legal experts who will begin the process of formally developing a New Zealand Law and Justice system where Maori LORE and English Common Law are in harmony in accordance with the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi," Mr Waitai said.

The party's policy also proposes for the justice system to formally recognise the Pacific Island practice of ifoga, as a means of achieving justice for victims and their families in a culturally appropriate way.

Ifoga will allow families of the victim and perpetrator to meet and determine what punishment will be imposed on the offender. If the victim and their whanau are not happy with the process, then the matter can be referred back to the courts.


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