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King Tuheitia launches new Iwi Māori Panel

By Mānia Clarke

The Waikato region has established an iwi Māori Panel aimed at reducing incarceration rates among Māori. The panels, which are in high demand across the country, focus on an offender's genealogy, whānau, income, and background in order to understand why they commit a crime.

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NATIVE AFFAIRS - Locking Up Māori

By Kim Webby, Native Affairs

A Department of Corrections spokesman admits the justice system is stacked against Māori. Māori make up 14 percent of the population. Yet, the current statistics are 51% of male prisoners are Māori and 57% of female prisoners are Māori. As a group, Māori have one of the highest rates of imprisonment in the developed world.


Ex Māori inmate advocates for prison system change

By Mānia Clarke

A former Tongariro prison inmate is advocating for change in the prison system to ensure tikanga Māori for rehabilitation and re-integration of prisoners on release, is properly practised.  Aperahama Anihana claims that tikanga Māori was not being upheld when he was in the prison's Māori unit.

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