New sexual violence court should also culturally educate judges - Quince

Talisa Kupenga

Ko te whakamāmā ake i ngā whakawātanga, te whakapakari ake i ngā kai-whakawā me te whakangāwari i te āhuatanga ki ngā pārurenga te kaupapa o Te Kōti Take Taitōkai ka tīmata te whakamātauria hei te marama o Hākihea. Engari hei tā ngā kōrero a Khylee Quince, kaiako i te kura ture o Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki, arā tonu ngā hua o te kaupapa, engari ka horokukū pea ngā kaiwhakawā ki te whakangungu.

Ko tā Quince ahakoa kua eke ētahi kōti motuhake ki taumata kē, mā te wā kite ai mena ka eke nga kōti take pāwhera, mena rānei ka ū nga kaiwhakawā ki te ako pūkenga.

"You can replicate something from another jurisdiction but there aren't Māori in other jurisdictions, so they're going to have to figure out as they have with the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Court, the Rangatahi Courts, the Homeless Court; most of the clientele. The people that will be coming, offenders and victims will be Māori, it's about our cultural identity, and it’s about our response to marginalisation and inequality."

Hei te Hakihea nga kaiwhakawā o Whangarei, o Tāmaki Makaurau ka noho kaimanutaki i te kauapa, ka tū te kēhi tuatahi a te tau e heke mai. E manako ana ka tū nga kaitūkino ki mua i te kōti e ono marama whai muri i te kitenga tuatahi. 

"One of my concerns is the fact they've talked about the need to have specialist training for judges, but we need to know what the specialist training is. So it should be about dealing with Māori as well as dealing with the specialist nature of sexual violence and how those dynamics work."

E ai ki te ripoata pāwhera o te Komihana a Ture i tēra tau, e tautoko ētahi rōpū i te kaupapa kia kaha ake te whakamātau i nga kēhi, ēngari ko tā ētahi atu he āwangawanga ki nga āhuatanga pēhi, pūhohe hoki ki nga Tiati.

"To some extent you might think it will be a self-selecting audience because I presume they will choose judges, or judges will put their hands up to be involved as part of the pilot, so in some sense you're preaching to the converted."

I tēnei wā kaore he kaiwhakawā motuhake ki Aotearoa mo nga kēhi pāwhera, ā, kaore he ture kia whai pūkenga motuhake atu nga Tiati ina ka āhei ki ēnei kēhi.