Treaty settlements process: Restorative justice in action
May 24, 2012
from the article on Te Puni Kokiri:
The Treaty of Waitangi settlements process is restorative justice in action says Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples.
Speaking at the launch of JustSpeak’s paper on Māori and the Criminal Justice System, he recalled the recent settlement of five Treaty of Waitangi claims.
“The victims were the families of Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Pahauwera, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whare, Ngāti Manawa. Tribes and families who, on the 29 March 2012, forgave years and generations of offending,” said Dr Sharples.
“The intergenerational offender who apologised unreservedly, and agreed to work alongside their victims into the future, was of course the Crown.”
Dr Sharples congratulated JustSpeak on their thought provoking position paper, as well as the justice work they were carrying out in communities via forums and online communities.
“If young people are perceived to be part of the problem – then they must also be part of the solution. If Māori are perceived to be part of the problem - then we must be part of the solution too.”