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 âbreak 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.