We are Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora - the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group. We are the committee responsible for, or working on restoring the wellbeing of the people.
The purpose of the Advisory Group is:
- to engage in a public conversation about what people in New Zealand want from their criminal justice system
- to canvas a range of ideas about how the criminal justice system can be improved.
The members of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora are:
- Hon Chester Borrows QSO
- Dr Jarrod Gilbert
- Dr Carwyn Jones
- Professor Tracey McIntosh
- Ruth Money
- Julia Amua Whaipooti
- Professor Tony Ward
- Dr Warren Young QSO
Dr Gilbert is a senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Canterbury and a lead researcher for Independent Research Solutions. He has completed extensive research in the areas of crime and justice. He is one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on gangs and the author of Patched: The history of gangs in New Zealand an award winning and best-selling book, which stemmed from New Zealand’s most extensive underworld ethnography. He co-edited Criminal Justice: A New Zealand Introduction, and he writes a column for the New Zealand Herald.
Carwyn is of Ngāti Kahungunu descent and is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. His research and teaching is focused on legal issues affecting Māori and other Indigenous peoples and he has published widely on these topics. Before joining Victoria University’s Law faculty in 2006, he worked in a number of different roles at the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court, and the Office of Treaty Settlements.
Tracey is of Tūhoe descent and is a Professor of Indigenous Studies and Co-Head of Te Wānanga o Waipapa (School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies) at the University of Auckland. She was the former Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. Her recent research focused on incarceration (particularly of Māori and Indigenous peoples), gang whānau issues and issues pertaining to poverty, inequality and social justice. In 2012 she served as the co-chair of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty.
Ruth is an Independent Victims Advocate, providing 24/7 personal advocacy support for many survivors of serious crime who interact with the criminal justice system. Since 2012, she has voluntarily supported victims and survivors through the many and varied components of the justice system. Her work is focused on ensuring the ‘system’ does not re-victimise or add any more distress to the already traumatized person or family. Her significant experience in working with victims include; supporting victims to write Victim Impact Statements, submissions and attendance in parole hearings and arranging victim meetings with Crown Prosecutors to understand early resolution proposals.
Dr Ward is currently Professor of Clinical Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington. He has been working in the clinical and forensic field since 1987. He was formerly Director of the Kia Marama Sexual Offenders' Unit at Rolleston Prison, and has taught both clinical and forensic psychology at Victoria, Deakin, Canterbury, and Melbourne Universities. His current research projects include: (a) explanation and inquiry in research and practice. This includes the nature of protective and dynamic risk factors and their theoretical grounding in embodied agency; (b) normative issues in forensic and clinical practice including restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence; and (c) change processes in the psychopathology and forensic/correctional domain.
Julia is of Ngāti Porou descent and is a Senior Advisor at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and is the spokesperson for JustSpeak. Julia is a passionate advocate for systemic change in the criminal justice system and has been involved in the Community Law movement over the past 8 years as the National Māori Co-ordinator, lawyer and advocate.
This year, she led a delegation of young Māori to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York and presented an intervention calling for criminal justice reform. Julia has a deep understanding of the complex social justice issues that have not met the needs of children and young people entering the criminal justice system.
Julia believes in the power of young people’s experiences and voices to be powerful agents for change. She is the proudest aunty to five and imagines an Aotearoa where her whanau, and children of future generations have an equal opportunity to imagine and reach their potential.