Kaupapa: Politics

Youth voice important for Justice reforms - lawyer

Talisa Kupenga

Kua whakaputa te Minita Take Tāhū Ture a Andrew Little i te rōpū motuhake 'Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora' kia arotake nga raru ki te rāngai ture . Ko tā Julia Whaipooti, rōia, mema ā rōpū hoki, me rongo mārika te hunga rangatahi ki whai hua a Ngāi Māori.
 

Ko tā ngā mema Māori ko te ahu whakamua me te hiranga te mahi kia whai hua a Ngai Māori.

Ko tā Ahorangi Tracey McIntosh mema o Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora "we've had a focus on incarceration, what does a focus on decarceration look like and what are the types of policies and community engagement that's needed to be done for decarceration to become the norm."

Ko tā McIntosh me eke panuku katoa ngā uri whakaheke ēngari i tēnei wā tē tāea ētahi. Ko tā Julia Whaipooti me whai wāhi te rangatahi ki tēnei kaupapa ina koinei te rōpū ka kaha te pākia e ngā rerekētanga.

"We know rangatahi in our youth justice facilities are 70-percent and that's not ok because we know that the conveyor belt that graduate those rangatahi to the adult justice system is quite high. If we're not doing things right for our rangatahi then we're not really being aspirational for our justice system."

Ahakoa he tekau mā rima ōrau te kaute o Ngāi Māori ki Aotearoa, neke atu i te haurua o te hunga mauhere he Māori. Ko tā Chester Burrows, Minita o mua o Nāhinara, heamana hoki o te pae, me māro te tū i roto i ngā ahuatanga hou aronga hou hei huripoki i enei raru.

"The sorts of things they're going to be looking at you'd expect to consider things like targeting. I guess what we're driving for is a greater understanding as to why that over representation is happening."

Ko te whakapae ka whakaraupapatia he rīpoata ā-rōpū hei te timatanga o te tau hou.