Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Corrections welcomes Waitangi Tribunal decision

Monday 10 October

Corrections welcomes Waitangi Tribunal decision

The Department of Corrections welcomes the Waitangi Tribunal’s report into its use of Maori Culture Related Needs (MaCRNs) and Risk of Reconviction and Risk of Imprisonment (RoC*RoI) tools.

Department of Corrections Chief Executive Barry Matthews said he was pleased that the Tribunal found no prejudice in its use of RoC*RoI and that MaCRNs was considered a ground breaking tool.

The Tribunal concluded that there was insufficient evidence to establish that any prejudice has been, or is being, caused to Maori offenders. The report states that the Department ‘acted in good faith in seeking to reduce Maori re-offending through the development of RoC*RoI and MaCRNs’. Whilst the Tribunal has identified some inconsistencies with the principles of the Treaty, we are pleased that it was found not to have prejudiced Maori offenders.

Mr Matthews said he appreciates the work the Tribunal has put into this complex and extensive review. The suggestions made by the Tribunal will be helpful to the Department in progressing with the testing and evaluation of MaCRNs in 2006.

“We will continue with our planned testing of the effectiveness of MaCRNs in light of the Tribunal’s suggestions,” said Mr Matthews.

“We will consult widely with relevant groups to strengthen the tools we are currently using. The Department will also reflect on the suggestions made by the Tribunal on how the Department can improve its consultation.”

The Tribunal stated that “many of the ideas deriving from the general IOM framework and MaCRNs and their application may yet assist the common goal of reducing offending by all sections of New Zealand society”.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news