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


Ināia Tonu Nei - Now is the Time for justice transformation

Wednesday 24 July

JustSpeak is calling on Govermnent leaders and decision makers to honour the calls from a Māori justice hui and begin urgent work to enable Māori to lead the way on justice reform.

Today's report from the hui Māori in April 2019, Ināia Tonu Nei, summarises the kōrero from the 200 representatives at the hui and sets out a clear timeframe and agenda for transformational change of our justice system.

JustSpeak director Tania Sawicki Mead says that the calls for constitutional reform, devolution of power and resources by the Crown to Māori, and an acceleration of change have been made by Māori for decades, and action is well overdue.

“Māori perspectives on our justice system have been sidelined for too long, and this report makes crystal clear that work needs to start now to decolonise our justice system and allow Māori to lead the way” she says.

Discussions at the hui echo the findings of the recent report 'He Waka Roimata' from the Justice Advisory Group, which showed that thousands of people across Aotearoa feel that our justice system does not facilitate healing, restoration or prevention of harm.

"The call from the hui is crystal clear: there is urgent work that needs to take place to ensure our justice system is fit for purpose and that Māori leadership is given priority.

"Ināia Tonu Nei has a firm timeframe and agenda for change; starting this year by establishing true partnership with Māori and investing in alternative processes that would actually help us to reduce harm in our communities and help whānau to flourish.

"Legislative reform needs to be at the top of the Government's agenda if they want to reach their goal of reducing the Māori prison population and uplifting and supporting Māori whānau. Of particular priority are the Sentencing and Bail Acts of 2002 and the Criminal Procedure Act 2011.

"Hui participants made it clear that prisons have and continue to fail Māori, and that community based alternatives that help to heal harm and provide accountability need to take priority.

"JustSpeak supports the goals of Ināia Tonu Nei as a blueprint for transformational change in our justice system by 2040 that would benefit everyone in Aotearoa.

"We need Government and other decision makers to be courageous and act now so that generations to come will be protected and supported by a justice system that is effective, compassionate and grounded in Te Tiriti O Waitangi" said Ms Sawicki Mead.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Hope For Nature: A New Deal For The Commons

Joseph Cederwall on The Dig: The disruption and destruction of the interconnected biodiversity of Earth is the most serious challenge humanity has ever faced. It is devastating non-human life everywhere and disrupting vital “ecosystem services” like the food, water, and climate regulation systems humanity depends on.

It is increasingly clear that the primary underlying driver of this crisis is the limiting and infectious worldview around land and resource use central to the global capitalist system. To fully understand the biodiversity crisis and explore what comes next, it is necessary to address this mind-virus at the heart of our modern civilisation – the dominion worldview. More>>


SOP For Gun Bill: New Measures For Modified Pistols

The new controls will • Prohibit short-barrelled semi-automatic rifles which currently are defined as pistols because they are shorter than 762 millimetres. • Introduce tighter controls over pistol carbine conversion kits… • Prohibit firearms which contain a part known as a centrefire lower receiver… More>>

'Culturally Arranged Visitors Visa': Fix For Marriage Visa Issue

Earlier this year Immigration New Zealand issued guidance to front line Immigration staff that made it significantly harder for people to get visas to visit their partner. That guidance no longer applies with today’s announcement. More>>


Conflict Of Interest For Key Member: Budget Data Breach Investigation Shut Down

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today terminated the investigation into how Budget-sensitive material was accessed at the Treasury and appointed a new inquirer. More>>

RNZ Report: Mysterious Foundation Loaning NZ First Money

A mysterious foundation that loans money to New Zealand First is under scrutiny, with a university law professor saying although it's lawful, it fails to provide the transparency voters need in a democracy. More>>

Justice: Criminal Cases Review Commission Established

“We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, even with rights of appeals, and there needs to be a chance for the innocent on the right grounds to seek a final review of their case...” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Sustainable NZ Isn't Self-Sustaining

Asking whether this new, environmentally focussed party can make the 5% MMP threshold may be the wrong question, though. It's more achievable goal would be to knock the Greens below the 5% threshold ... More>>


Report On Consultation: Future Of Tomorrow's Schools

“The 1989 Tomorrow’s Schools reform introduced one of world’s most devolved schooling systems where each school operates largely in isolation of each other... It empowered local communities and modernised an overly bureaucratic system but also led over time to uneven outcomes between schools.” More>>


National Education Doc:




InfoPages News Channels