NZ Police's Responsiveness To Maori Examined
NZ Police's Responsiveness To Maori Examined At Annual Conference
New Zealand Police National News
5:30pm 24 November 2006
The New Zealand Police is holding its sixth annual Responsiveness to Maori conference next week at The Royal New Zealand Police College.
The conference is known as Ngakia Kia Puawai, meaning 'to grow and to blossom', and this sentiment has very much been the story of the Police's Responsiveness to Maori strategy over the past 10 years, says Acting National Manager for Maori Pacific Ethnic Services, Inspector Wallace Haumaha.
New Zealand Police embarked on a more proactive and focussed approach to address offending by and victimisation of Maori in 1996.
This vision has since broadened into strategies for responding to Pacific and ethnic communities. Reflecting this, a new Ethnic Diversity carving will be unveiled at the Police College during the conference.
There are almost 50 Iwi/Pacific/Ethnic Liaison Officers in the Police currently and cultural training is a core part of the recruit course.
"Over the past 10 years, purposeful relationship building with iwi and Maori service providers has led to much greater trust and respect in police from the Maori community," says Inspector Haumaha.
Iwi representatives, other government agencies and prominent Maori commentators, including Ken Laban, Mark Solomon, Naida Glavish and Moana Jackson, are involved in the conference.
Overseas approaches to the over-representation of indigenous people in crime will also be examined.
Two senior police staff from the New South Wales Police and a representative from the Australian aboriginal community will talk about lessons learned from the Redfern, Macquarie Fields and Cronulla riots in Australia.
A Canadian police officer and aboriginal representative will talk about interventions being employed in the Saskatoon Police Service to address disproportionate crime and victimisation among their First Nations people.
"There are patterns throughout the developed world of indigenous people being over-represented in the criminal justice system and so it is important we learn from each other's experiences and approaches to the problem," says Inspector Haumaha.
A key theme of this year's conference is the multi-government agency Effective Interventions programme and how the Police's Responsiveness to Maori strategy can support it.
Minister of Justice the Hon Mark Burton will talk about the high number of Maori in the criminal justice system and the Effective Interventions initiatives.
Police projects involving partnerships with iwi and community agencies to specifically address Maori offending and victimisation will also be discussed at the conference.
"Long-lasting solutions to the over-representation of Maori in offending and victimisation will come from a partnership approach involving the community, the Police and key government and non-government agencies. By sharing information we will all gain a better understanding of the problem," says Inspector Haumaha.
"The vision is for all police officers to have the skills to better respond to Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities, and this conference is particularly about engaging middle managers so the momentum continues."
Ethnic Diversity poupou unveiling
An Ethnic Diversity carving will be unveiled during the Ngakia Kia Puawai Conference. The event will be attended by Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres, ethnic community representatives and conference participants. The carving was a joint initiative of the New Zealand Police and the Human Rights Commission to recognise the contribution that staff from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds bring to the Police. It has been installed alongside poupou (carvings) created for the Police College in 2004, which were erected so that police recruits could learn more about iwi in the areas where they will work.
Some conference sessions are open to the media. Where this is not the case, every effort will be made to accommodate requests for interviews with conference presenters.
TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER
Pôwhiri with Ngati Toa Rangatira
Official opening of conference, Police Commissioner Howard Broad
Minister of Justice, Hon Mark Burton
"The Effective Interventions Initiative and the High Number of Maori in the Criminal Justice System"
Te Puni Kôkiri, "Effective Interventions Strategy"
NZ Police, Police National Maori Strategy
Auckland Police, Intel-led Policing and Maori
Ken Laban, Manager Tamaiti Whangai
"Tamaiti Whangai (a community programme in the Hutt Valley), how does it work for the Maori community?"
WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER
Unveiling of Ethnic Diversity poupou at the Police College
To be attended by Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres and ethnic community representatives.
Panel discussion hosted by Maori Television broadcaster Wena Harawira.
NZ Police panel members:
Wellington District Commander, Superintendent Pieri Munro
Tasman District Commander, Superintendent Grant O'Fee
Senior Policy Development Officer, Police National HQ, Sergeant Denise Traill
External panel members:
Director of the Maori Law Commission, Moana Jackson
Chairperson of Te Rûnanga o Ngati Whatua, Naida Glavish
Te Puni Kôkiri Project Manager: Effective Interventions, Juan Tauri
New South Wales Police, Australia
"The Redfern, Macquarie Fields and Cronulla Riots: Moving Forward"
Assistant Commissioner: Professional Standards, Catherine Burn
Local Area Commander - City Central (Sydney), Superintendent Paul Carey
Aboriginal representative Dixie Link-Gordon
Saskatoon Police Service, Canada
"Building Trust - Aboriginal policing issues in Canada"
Sergeant Craig Nyirfa
Aboriginal representative Georgina Musqua
Waikato Police, Iwi / Hapu Data
THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER
Canterbury Police, Hot Families Project
Mark Solomon, Chairman Te Rûnanga o Ngai Tahu
Close of conference
Minister of Police, Hon Annette King