In 2018 the Maori King unveiled the launch of Te Pae
Oranga (Iwi Panels) as a model way of addressing the
significant issues experienced by Maori in the Criminal
“The King has spoken through the
COVID Response that the wellbeing of the people is
paramount, and this includes Maori in the Justice
Ensuring government agencies partner with Iwi
is one way to determine better solutions for Maori,” Mr
Ngira Simmonds, Chief of Staff commented on behalf of the
The results of Te Pae Oranga across 15 locations
attached to major Iwi organisations with excellent whanau
ora services has been significant.
The stories of
victims being able to express themselves in an open and safe
environment while holding offenders to account was one of
the unique features of Iwi Panels.
The levels of
facilitation, compassion and understanding is something both
victims and offenders spoke highly of while still being
treated firmly but fairly.
Mr Simmonds added “King
Tuheitia is patron of the programme and was heartened to see
the shift of eight panels in 2018 to 16 in 2021, a unique
model of administering justice, with the launch of the new
panel in Taranaki this week.”
The expansion of the
programme exemplifies the success of Te Pae Oranga, by
including natural elements of Tikanga, which has not only
worked for Maori but for all peoples who have gone through
Te Pae Oranga.
Feedback from people who’ve taken
part in the programme has been positive.
participant shared: “… from what I’ve seen, I’m
impressed … I believe that the panel is going to grow, and
[that] they’re going to make a positive impact on the
community … that this is an answer.”
The new panel
launched this week is a partnership between New Zealand
Police and the eight Taranaki iwi.
It is being run by
Ngāruahine Iwi Authority on behalf of the Taranaki
The panel members were chosen from and
endorsed by the eight iwi.
Te Pae Oranga expresses the
notion of the paepae – a place for expressing and
listening to differing views and Oranga indicating a focus
The panels were created with the aim of
doing things differently to reduce Maori offending and
victimisation, and is available to people of all
ethnicities, from all walks of life.
And as one
participant related: “I picked up the positive vibes and
the welcoming environment a lot, and I thrive off it …
I’ve clung onto that feeling [and it] was the start of
something for me, which has just been what I’ve been
riding on … this whole thing for me was just such a big
connection back into my culture … I think it’s kind of
what I needed.”
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