Police set ambitious goal to reduce Māori re-offending

Ryan Bridge 07/11/2019

Police have launched a new strategy to reduce Māori re-offending rate by up to a quarter in five years.

The goal is one of many set out in their new Māori strategy which includes processes to allow low-level offenders bypass the courts to appear in iwi-panels which work with offenders to reduce re-offending.

Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, advisor to the police, joins Magic Talk Drive with Ryan Bridge to describe how the police can improve relations with Māori.

Ryan begins the interview by asking what levels of offending this initiative will focus on, if it is limited to low levels only, Dame Iritana explains, “no, I think what it really is about is early intervention.”

This is a relationship and partnership with Māori entities to intervene early.

On the question as to what level of crimes this system will apply to Tawhiwhirangi clarifies that “common sense” will prevail and higher level offending linked to violence and so on would still be prosecuted normally.

The interview moves to the perceptions that surround Māori with regard to crime and how it is important that they be involved as part of the solution to the problem of Māori re-offending.

You can watch the full interview above.