No me­dia for jus­tice talks

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The gov­ern­ment’s Safe and Ef­fec­tive Jus­tice Pro­gramme Ad­vi­sory Group — Te Uepu¯ Ha¯pai i te Ora — was in the Far North yes­ter­day and Whanga¯rei to­day, but the me­dia weren’t wel­come.

The fourth of 14 ses­sions around the coun­try was part of a na­tion­wide con­sul­ta­tion to gather in­for­ma­tion from peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, as vic­tims or the per­pe­tra­tors of crime, and groups who work in or with it.

The ad­vi­sory group was in Kaitaia and Kaikohe yes­ter­day. The ex­clu­sion of me­dia was to pro­tect the con­fi­den­tial­ity of sub­mit­ters who would feel un­com­fort­able about shar­ing their sto­ries pub­licly.

The group, avail­able to me­dia in Whanga¯rei, but did not have time in Kaikohe or Kaitaia, has been tasked with find­ing out what peo­ple want from the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, and to can­vas ideas about how it can be im­proved. It com­prises for­mer Min­is­ter for Courts Ch­ester Bor­rows (chair­man), and nine oth­ers with ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in the jus­tice sys­tem.

“This is a chance to make a big dif­fer­ence to our crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, and we’re all look­ing for­ward to hear­ing what New Zealan­ders want and ex­pect from it,” Mr Bor­rows said. “We had a great re­sponse at our meet­ings in South Auck­land and Can­ter­bury, and we’re ex­cited about en­gag­ing in­de­pen­dently with key stake­hold­ers and those with lived ex­pe­ri­ence in North­land to form strate­gic rec­om­men­da­tions for the gov­ern­ment.

“We want to hear from as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, and al­though we won’t be able to meet with them all, we en­cour­age any­one who wants to have their say to sub­mit their ideas to us on the Safe and Ef­fec­tive Jus­tice web­site www.safe­an­d­ef­fec­tive­jus­tice.govt.nz/

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