No media for justice talks
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/