Over the last six months, the Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata – Safe and Effective Justice team has travelled the length and breadth of the country, continuing the conversation about criminal justice reform.
Following the release of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group’s first report He Waka Roimata in June, the team has talked to diverse communities across New Zealand, sharing data, evidence and insights about our criminal justice system.
A stall at Wesley Market in Mount Roskill provided the opportunity to engage with members of our migrant and refugee communities while the team reached an older demographic with justice-themed bingo sessions at care homes in Takapuna and Hibiscus Coast.
They talked with local government leaders, educators, GPs and nurses at conferences in Wellington, Napier, Dunedin and Whangarei. They shared resources with Youth Parliamentarians and joined justice sector colleagues from South Auckland at Papakura Marae to hear young Māori views.
They heard from blind and visually impaired people at the Kāpo Māori Aotearoa New Zealand conference in Napier and spoke with New Zealand women at the Māori Women’s Welfare League conference and the Women in Public Sector Summit – and many more in between.
“We have a real opportunity to improve outcomes for everyone who experiences the criminal justice system, but for any change to be effective and enduring we need broad involvement and support. That’s why we want to spark conversation on the justice system and the change people want to see right across New Zealand,” explained Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata Engagement Manager Jody Hamilton.
In recent weeks, the team has been asking the public to share their opinions on topics that have emerged from the national conversation to date via a digital engagement platform and at key events around the country, including Iron Māori in Napier and the Christchurch A&P Show.
The digital engagement platform – which is open until 18 December 2019 – gives all New Zealanders the opportunity to have an impact on the direction of criminal justice reform.