Source: (2002) Te Ara Whakatika: Newsletter of the court-referred restorative justice project. August/September. Issue 11. Downloaded 11 June 2004.

For several years, Michelle Tawhai Werekake-Apelu has worked for a restorative justice organization that brings the victim, offender, and community together to bring about reconciliation. Michelle has seen offenders “break the cycle of crimeâ€? and become whole, contributing human beings. One such young man, after multiple offences, became involved with Central Youth and Family Net and is now in the process of earning a bachelors degree. At the conferences, community members are able to express their feelings, as well, which provides a good balance within such an emotional setting.

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